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The national Row for the Cure® board and Portland organizers are leading the way again as the organization celebrates its 20th Anniversary. As a grassroots organization, Row for the Cure® has led the way as a third party partner of Susan G. Komen. Founder, Kathy Frederick and the membership of Station L Rowing Club set the stage 19 years ago with a small parade of boats. The event was inspired by Kathy’s sudden loss of a colleague to cancer and her dedication to rowing. What started as a parade of boats rowing alongside the runners at the Komen Race for the Cure in 1993 has blossomed into a national series of fundraisers in 30 cities in the United States and in Europe.

The current seven-member Executive Board includes Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Mickelson Cummings along with representatives from all levels of rowing and from all four corners of the United States. Row for the Cure® has an historic partnership with rowing’s national governing body. This agreement made Row for the Cure the first and only official philanthropic beneficiary partner of USRowing. In an unprecedented move, USRowing supports rowing and non-rowing participants in all registered Row for the Cure® regattas. Support from Regatta Central and Pocock Racing Shells benefits all Row for the Cure® events.

Crews across the country have suggested various types of rowing fundraisers which bring together participants from rowing and paddling clubs across the United States and in Europe. The diversity of the board makes it possible to provide advice and resources for this eclectic mix. Each Row for the Cure® is dedicated to raising funds for a local Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Small erg-a-thons, stand alone regattas and dedicated categories in established regattas, have combined to donate over $2 million dollars for cutting edge research, family and patient support and education.

Today more men than ever and one in eight US women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The rowing community has been touched personally in many ways. Row for the Cure® makes it possible for rowers of all ages to step up to make a difference. Every day we are closer to cures for breast cancer but every day USRowing members are also diagnosed and some do not survive. As Row for the Cure® looks forward to celebrating our 20 year milestone their founder said “we are reaching out to the whole community and inviting participation.” Click on the Cities tab to find links to established events or the Host a Regatta tab to request the tools to host your own event.