This year, Castaways Against Cancer is comprised of a core team of 12 paddlers including a firefighter, two Boy Scout executives, six Columbus High School teachers, a high school student, a retired restaurant owner and U.S. Century Bank President and CEO Luis de la Aguilera.
This year, Castaways Against Cancer is comprised of a core team of 12 paddlers including a firefighter, two Boy Scout executives, six Columbus High School teachers, a high school student, a retired restaurant owner and U.S. Century Bank President and CEO Luis de la Aguilera. BOB SOTO Photo provided to the Miami Herald
This year, Castaways Against Cancer is comprised of a core team of 12 paddlers including a firefighter, two Boy Scout executives, six Columbus High School teachers, a high school student, a retired restaurant owner and U.S. Century Bank President and CEO Luis de la Aguilera. BOB SOTO Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Castaways Against Cancer volunteers to paddle from Virginia Key to Key West

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