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Introducing the WSECU & KIRO Radio Hometown Hero: Paul Dudley

SPONSORED — Known to some as “Captain Mooselips,” Paul Dudley is a photographer, auctioneer, licensed captain and the man behind the moniker who helps bring joy and fun to area children fighting cancer. Paul joins the fight against pediatric cancer by volunteering for multiple organizations in many ways: from working at Camp Goodtimes since 1984 (that’s 46 sessions!), to fundraising for the Run of Hope or sitting on the board of the Candlelighter’s Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Anyone who has attended a kids camp knows the responsibilities might vary from emceeing camp events to leading whipped cream fights when the moment strikes. Of course, for Dudley, that also means taking pictures for the children and families of campers to remember those priceless moments of joy. He works around the clock to make these kids’ days a little brighter.

His other hat is a captain’s hat. As an Argosy Cruise ship captain, Dudley takes campers on summer cruises from Vashon Island and reunites with them around the holidays for a cruise with their families. He helps them enjoy a bit of normalcy amidst a time in their lives that is anything but normal.

“At camp I’ve come up with an acronym, SNOJ, which stands for ‘SuperNova of Joy’ – it simply means that when you get the collective awesomeness of so many people [together] it just cannot be contained…it explodes outwards and the love and good feelings generated resonate…So that’s what I do at camp, I encourage the SNOJ,” Dudley said.

If you want to make the lives of these children brighter, please consider donating your money or time to any of the following non-profit groups that support children facing the battle of their lives.

The Goodtimes Project
Run of Hope
Candlelighter’s Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western Washington
The Ladybug House

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