Watercrafts hit the water for dad


By Joel Charron

Over 40 watercrafts skipped along the Detroit River Sunday afternoon in efforts to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.

The Second Annual Watercraft Ride for Dad kicked off Sunday afternoon with Ranta Marina being ground zero.

Edward Jones financial advisor Steven Kidd was the one who brought the idea of a watercraft version to the national in Ottawa and in its second year saw its number doubled from the previous year.

“It’s has been a great success today, both financially for the charity and for the people who are out there having a good time,” said Kidd.

When all was said and done, Kidd said the Watercraft Ride for Dad raised $10,150.


With wife Stephaine riding on the back, Watercraft Ride for Dad founder Steven Kidd leads a convoy of Seadoos out of the Ranta Marina channel and onto the Detroit River.

“It’s more than we’d hoped for, and I am very happy about it,” stated Kidd

Prostate cancer survivor, Larry Burgess said he jumped right on board with the cause.

Burgess, who plays in a senior hockey league, said that 16 of the players he knows have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“That’s 16 guys out of 100 over 20 years,” said Burgess. “The number starts to add up. Men talk about it a lot more than they used to. We help each other by talking about our experiences and what kind of treatment and how it worked out.”

John McKinlay-Key, national director of operations for the Ride for Dad said the most important aspect of the day is raising public awareness of prostate cancer.

“One in seven men will contract prostate cancer in their lifetime,” said McKinlay-Key. “A healthy portion of those men will pass away from it if it’s not detected early.”

McKinlay-Key noted there is a 95 per cent survival rate if prostate cancer is detected early.

“Our mission is to get men who are 40 years or older to go get checked out by their doctor,” he said.

Grant Wood has a little fun on the river by making his watercraft airbourne.

McKinlay-Key mentioned the Ride for Dad movement is expanding, not only do they have another watercraft version in Ottawa they have three snowmobile Ride for Dad, possibly two ATV versions and even are talking about a bicycle Ride for Dad.

“You can take your interest or hobby and build something positive,” he said.

The ride left Ranta Marina at approximately 12:30 p.m. Riders rode north to Ambassador Bridge then back to Ranta Marina where a meal provided by the Ranta Marina Grill was waiting for them.

“I’m really excited to see the number of people that embraced the cause and spent the day with us,” said Kidd.

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