Chemo Duck’s Duck Derby to be Held August 1st at Nashville Shores, Benefiting Kids with Cancer

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, a Nashville-based non-profit, is pleased to announce that Chemo Duck’s 3rd Annual Duck Derby will take place at Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Road in Hermitage, TN) on Saturday, August 1st. Discount tickets to the event at Nashville Shores are available for $19.99 (plus tax) starting today at (promotional code: DUCK).

Sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Chemo Duck’s Duck Derby is a family-friendly event that will benefit kids living with cancer. For a donation of $5, supporters can purchase one of 2,500 rubber ducks that will be dropped into Nashville Shores’ lazy river. A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the donor whose rubber duck is the first to cross the finish line. Additionally, a donation of 24 Chemo Ducks will be made to the hospital of the winner’s choice. Winners do not need to be present to win, and all proceeds from the event will be used to place more Chemo Ducks into the hands of young cancer patients waiting for a duck of their own.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and the Duck Derby will take place at 3 p.m. Additional games and activities for the entire family will take place throughout the day including a duck scavenger hunt and a duck face contest. Door prizes will also be available.

“We are delighted at the response we have received to our Chemo Duck Derby,” said Lu Sipos, founder of Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. “The event could not be a more perfect fit for our organization. Nashville Shores is an incredible partner and the perfect venue for a family-friendly day. We are grateful that our sponsors and fans care so much about providing huggable hope to children living with cancer!”

Additional event sponsors include B.L. Harbert, Williamson Pediatric Dentistry, StoneTree Mulch, Gravel & More, Crain Construction and Nashville Publicity Group.


Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization, Gabe’s My Heart, which was established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools. The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience. For more information, visit