Holland America Line began On Deck for the Cure in 2006 in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research. Since its inception, the program has raised nearly $1.1 million.
Participants pledge $15 or more, then simply put their sea legs to good use and walk around the ship’s deck for five kilometers. Each participant receives an On Deck for the Cure T-shirt and pink wristband, as well as an invitation to a pink lemonade party following the walk.
Cruise Director Shane high-fives a guest during the walk. Holland America estimates that more than 80,000 guests have participated in more than 1,000 walks on Holland America Line cruises worldwide since the program began.
Cheerleaders Joan Hopke from Long Island, N.Y., (left) and Mary Alice Prazynski from Ohio.
Cruise Director Shane and event staffer Kate keep guests up to date on the number of laps they have completed. Depending on the ship, guests walk up to 12 laps to reach 5k.
Click on the arrow in the middle of the video to see an On Deck for the Cure walk in action.