Kayaking for a Kause Partners with Jason Papania D.M.D. and South Mississippi Smiles to Provide $8,000 of Dental Treatment to South Mississippi Children in Need



Gulfport, MS – Kayaking for a Kause (K4K) joins forces with Jason Papania D.M.D. and South Mississippi Smiles to fight against tooth decay, the number one chronic disease in children, by recently providing full-mouth restorations to two underprivileged children of South Mississippi, totaling $8,000.

Kayaking for a Kause is a non-profit organization designed to improve the dental health of Mississippi’s youth and reach families with vital indigent cases that have limited access to dental care due to socioeconomic barriers, lack of insurance, or unawareness.

“Dental disease is something that no child should experience, “said Collin Peterson, founder of Kayaking for a Kause. “Due to the inability to afford treatment, these children continue to suffer from severe pain while attending school, and their daily routine becomes a challenge by coping with pain, struggling with confidence and the ability to focus, affecting future growth.”

This year’s K4K recipients were selected based on the severity and urgency for treatment. Under the direction of general dentist, Jason Papania, D.M.D., the services provided include full mouth restorations performed under general anesthesia for both children.

“With the potential of becoming fatal, these children need a helping hand to save them from the dangers of tooth decay,” said Peterson. “It is my commitment to make sure that each child has the opportunity to have a healthy smile.”

Since 2014, K4K has funded treatment for children with severe tooth decay within the counties of Harrison and Hancock with plans to expand to farther counties in need. Proceeds are raised through an annual kayaking event in which kayakers from across the region come together supporting this cause. Proceeds are generated from sponsorships, registration and donations. The contributions from K4K supporters help the foundation move toward achieving the mission of eradicating childhood tooth decay.

Kayaking for a Kause is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2014 to raise awareness and funds for vital indigent cases within the state of Mississippi. Kayaking for a Kause is committed to oral health education for children, routine cleanings, exams and overall awareness to maintaining a healthy smile. The Foundation works to make dental health a community priority through a passionate belief that, because dental disease is almost 100 percent preventable, its efforts will result in more healthy smiles across Mississippi. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among U.S. children ages 6 to 11. To learn more about Kayaking for a Kause, or make a donation, please visit

Kayaking for a Kause Sponsors Local Child


Photo (Left-right): Collin B. Peterson, Founder of Kayaking for a Kause, with K4K sponsored child, Ryan, Age 5, from Hancock County.

Everyone meet Ryan! Ryan, age 5, is our Kayaking for a Kause recipient this year! With your support, Ryan has been able to receive proper dental treatment. K4K is passionate in providing a clean healthy smile to youth across our Coast.

Kayaking for a Kause Brings Awareness and Impact to Local Children

Kayaking for a Kause Donation

Photo (Right-left): Collin B. Peterson, Founder of Kayaking for a Kause, presenting check to Greg Kothman, serving 20 years as the Board Vice President of Hope Haven Children’s Services.


Kayaking for a Kause Brings Awareness and Impact to Local Children

Founder of Kayaking for a Kause, Collin Peterson, presented a $1,000 check to Hope Haven Children’s Services of Hancock County on Tuesday. All donated funds will be directed towards less fortunate youth who are in immediate need of dental assistance.

Collin B. Peterson, a biological sciences major and chemistry minor student at The University of Southern Mississippi, initiated and founded the organization, Kayaking for a Kause, in 2013. By merging his drive for dentistry with his passion for kayaking, Peterson created an accessible platform for providing the direct funding assistance.

“I was in search for an outlet to help my local community in a way that would bring individual impact,” said Peterson.

Terry Latham, who has served 20 years as Hope Haven’s Director, is eager to collaborate with Kayaking for a Kause in designating the funds accordingly by medical priority and services.

“Eighty-five percent of the families are low income,” said Latham. “We have found a mechanism for children to benefit most from this. So many Mississippi Gulf Coast families are single parents not receiving Medicaid.”

The $1,000 donation to Hope Haven Children’s Services is an introduction of funds that will be presented for dental assistance each year to local youth organizations. Dental operations include: restorations, extractions, cleanings, crowns, preventative and restorative care.

“As an aspiring dentist, my job is to provide a confident healthy smile, and my job starts now,” said Peterson.

Kayaking for a Kause will be hosting its 2nd annual kayaking benefit Saturday, April 18 at the Dock Bar & Grill in Gulfport. The full-day event will consist of a large group of fellow kayakers and paddleboarders who will join together and paddle along a designated route, supporting one ultimate cause. Kayaking for a Kause will raise funds through the help of sponsorships, donations, and participant registration. All participants must register to enter in the kayaking event. To register or donate online, please visit or contact 228-216-7858. Deadline for entry is April 10.

All proceeds raised from the annual event will benefit the Collin B. Peterson Foundation, a Foundation serving the purpose to fund routine and emergency dental care for local youth. The Foundation includes selected board members who will then determine the individuals’ medical needs.

It’s Official!


Kayaking for a Kause (K4K) is proud to announce it is now officially a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions donated to Kayaking for Kause are fully tax-deductible retroactive to the founding of the organization on February 23, 2016.

Kayaking for a Kause is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants which will further broaden its access to resources and strengthen its ability to fund underprivileged youth in need of dental treatment in South Mississippi.

“Kayaking for a Kause now has the opportunity to impact more children every year in need of immediate dental treatment by broadening our outreach locally along the three Coastal counties while expanding to further regions in the future,” said Kayaking for a Kause Founder Collin B. Peterson.

Kayaking for Kause Tax Identification Number (EIN) is 81-1737331.  The IRS letter granting Kayaking for a Kause its 501 (c)(3) status is available upon request.  Donations are now being accepted at

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    • Hi Colleen, Kayaking for a Kause’s 3rd Annual Kayaking event will be held on July 16, 2016. If you have any further questions we would like to assist you with registration.

      Thank you for your support!

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