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Crew member Charlie Howden, 36, died Sept. 9 in Ft. Lauderdale from pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Howden worked in yachting more than a decade on vessels such as M/Y Cakewalk, M/Y Casual Water, M/Y Fortrus and M/Y The Big Blue.

He was diagnosed on Aug. 1, 2013, after a year of tests and false diagnoses. He started treatment, and in March 2014 received clear test results. But the cancer soon returned.

To stay strong through treatments, he continued to paddleboard, and in May he paddled more than 200 miles in 11 days in Costa Rica to raise more than $15,000 for the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, a cancer research organization.

Mr. Howden was able to attend a fundraiser on Sept. 3 with his wife, Dalya, and crew mates as well as his parents, brother and sister from England. Supporters raised about $22,000 during the event, White Out the Night to Fight Cancer, to go toward his medical expenses.

About 100 friends also gathered for a celebration of his life, which included a paddle out from the beach on Sept. 17 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Friends celebrate life of Charlie Howden.

Friends celebrate life of Charlie Howden. Photo from Aaron Byers

“It was a good night, it was fun; a true yachtie event, through and through,” friend Carmen Golinski said. The two most recently worked together on M/Y Cakewalk.

“He’s been like my little brother since 2004,” she said. “He was such an honest and good person; a model as a friend and as a crew. He was energetic, totally sporty and up for any challenge. He probably broke records for surviving that type of cancer so long, but it was like paddleboarding after he was diagnosed. It was one of those things he wanted to accomplish.”

Longtime friend and former yacht crew mate Aaron Byers met Mr. Howden while both were working on a refit on S/Y Atlanta in early 2000. The two became instant buddies.

“Back then, crew were boaters, explorers and adventurers,” Byers said. “It was a way to see the world and that’s how he loved it. Charlie was genuine and selfless. He was the person that you wanted to be.”

–Dorie Cox

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Click for information for the Celebration of Life for Charlie Howden.

MPT offers school credit for donations

Maritime Professional Training (MPT) is offering a full course credit to students who buy tickets for a fundraiser for Charlie Howden at YouCaring.com/Charlie_Howden.

“It’s the time of year for yachties to take gap courses, refreshers, and other courses and they will get credit toward any class they need when they buy a ticket,” said Lisa Morley, vice president sales and marketing at MPT.

“Charlie was a former student and this topic is near and dear to us,” Morley said. Elmer Morley, the founder of the Ft. Lauderdale-based maritime training school, died Aug. 17 of pancreatic cancer.

Students who buy tickets for $125 will receive a course credit and students who donate to the cause will get credit for any donation, no matter how small, up to ticket value, Morley said.

Crew member Charlie Howden, 36, is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His crew mates have organized a fundraiser for him on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (505 N. A1A, 33304).

Howden has worked in yachting more than a decade on vessels such as M/Y Cakewalk, M/Y Casual Water, M/Y Fortrus and M/Y The Big Blue.

He was diagnosed on Aug. 1, 2013, after a year of tests and false diagnoses. He started treatment and in March 2014 received clear test results, but the cancer soon returned.

Crew fights cancer

Crew member Charlie Howden is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

To stay strong through treatments, he continued to paddleboard, and in May he paddled more than 200 miles in 11 days in Costa Rica to raise more than $15,000 for the William Guy Forbeck Research Foundation, a cancer research organization.

Tickets to the 6-9 p.m. event, White Out the Night to Fight Cancer, are $125. Guests are asked to dress in white. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a silent auction.

RSVP by Aug. 30 to cng@yachtlogistics.com or 954-629-9224. For details click White Out the Night to Fight Cancer.

The event will be at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (505 N. A1A, 33304).

 

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