Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.


Against the Tide

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at DCR's Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA 

Saturday, August 20, 2016  at DCR's Nickerson State Park in Brewster, MA

Against the Tide is a family-friendly fundraiser to benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC). MBCC is the only non-profit in the state dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer from environmental causes. The funds raised through Against the Tide help to support and expand our community education program Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures and the MBCC Research Video Series. We are grateful to all of you who help prioritize breast cancer prevention. Above and beyond your commitment to participate in the Against the Tide event, we hope that you will also fundraise on behalf of MBCC and our important mission to change the legacy of breast cancer for future generations.

This event consists of several different activities. You may participate in up to three of these recreational or competitive activities:

  • Competitive 1 mi Swim
  • 5K Run
  • 10K Run
  • Aquathon (1-mile competitve swim followed by your coice of 5K or 10K run)
  • Recreational 1 mi Swim
  • Recreational 2 mi Kayak
  • 3-mile Walk


Registration Fees (all registration fees are non-refundable):

$40 to register for one event and $40 for each additional event.

$80 for the Aquathon

Please note that online registration closes at noon on the Friday before each event. After that time, please join us at the walk-in registration table at the event on Saturday morning. The event will be held rain or shine.

Event Schedule:

8:30AM -- Competitive Swim/Aquathon

8:30AM -- 5K and 10K Run

8:50AM -- 3-mile Walk

9:45AM -- Recreational Swim

10:45AM -- 2-mile Kayak

 Important information for Kayak participants:

Limited single and tandem kayaks will be available to borrow and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. The last day to reserve a kayak is Saturday, June 11, 2016 for the Hopkinton event and  Saturday, August 13, 2016 for the Brewster event. Minimum age to ride in a single kayak is 13 years old and to ride in a tandem kayak is 5 years old. 

 Registration is easy!

Please note that if you are registering others in addition to yourself, you must enter a unique email address for each participant who will be fundraising. (If the participant you are registering does not have an email address, please use an email service like Gmail or Hotmail to create an email account before proceeding).

Step 1: Click the green "Start Fundraising" button at the top of this page and select either the Hopkinton or Brewster event. 

Step 2:  Click the green "Register" button at the top of the page. If you just wish to make a donation, please click the green "Donate" button (you do not need to register to make a donation or pledge).
Step 3:   Register as a Participant for either 1, 2 or 3 events. (You will have a chance to identify which events later in the process). 
Step 4:  Create a First Giving account. If you already have a First Giving account, please sign in using the email address used to create the account. Forgot your password? Click on the "forgot password" link and First Giving will email you with a prompt to re-set your password.
Step 5: Join or create a team (optional).  Please remember each team member will need a unique email address only if they wish to create their own fundraising page. 

Step 6:  Provide registrant information and indicate which event(s) you are participating in by checking the corresponding boxIf you are participating in the Kayak event, you will also need to indicate whether you plan to borrow a kayak (single or tandem) or whether you plan to bring your own.

Step 7:  Create your fundraising page: add a photo, personalize the text on your page, and tell people why raising money for breast cancer prevention is important to you! (You will be able to update and edit this page later).

Step 8:  Pay the non-refundable registration fee. When you are finished, email your friends, family, and co-workers to let them know that you are participating in Against the Tide, and watch your donations stream in!

 For questions about registration, please contact the First Giving Support Team

at 877-365-2949 Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM,  or via email at

Also, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), click here

Making a pledge is easy!
To make a pledge to an individual, click "Fundraisers" on the blue bar at the top of this page. Find the individual to whom you would like to make a pledge, and click on his or her name. To make your pledge, click the green "donate" button at the top of the page. Checks can also be mailed to the MBCC office. Our mailing address is Post Office Box 222, Rockland, MA 02370

General Event Questions: Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director, 508-246-3047 or
More Event information: 

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, dedicated to challenging all obstacles to the eradication of breast cancer, believes that compelling research exists linking environmental toxins to the dramatic rise in breast cancer incidence over the past several decades. MBCC presents an alternative vision and a new agenda for breast cancer. We work to end the disease before it starts.