Research, Early Detection, Survivor Support, Advocacy


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Willamette Sailing Club, Portland, OR     

More than 50 people joined us for our 1st annual paddling in the pinked out Willamette River with our very own pink gorilla!  Friends and families gathered. The music rocked.  The snacks and beverages were plentiful. Together, we raised $14,000 to support people with critical needs for education, screening and financial assistance during treatment.  Thank you!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vancouver Lake, Vancouver, WA

The 23rd Annual Row for the Cure event proved to be yet another successful event!  More than 400 people gathered to watch dragon boaters and rowers show their talent and skill on a coveted setting - Vancouver Lake.  There was super music, great announcers; and, a lovely brunch. The event raised $29,000 fund our work and those who need 
us most.  Thank you!

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This fabulous family event grew out of the 23 year tradition of the Portland Row for the Cure.  The annual regatta grew from a parade of boats in 1993 to honor the memory of Bobby Cooper, a very generous friend of founder Kathy Frederick.  Bobby was taken by cancer in February of that year and Kathy wanted to dedicate the funds raised to support Susan G Komen Oregon & SW Washington.  In the ensuing years, the hosting organization, Station L Rowing Club, continued to hold the event on the Willamette River in Portland even during the 7 year period when the Club was without its own boathouse.  Row for the Cure has now become a national series of Row for the Cure regattas which benefit local affiliates of Susan G Komen across the United States.

In 2002 Outrigger Canoes and personal Kayaks and Canoes were included with Rowing Clubs for the first time and in 2004 Dragon Boat teams from around the area joined the fun and fundraising.

Komen Oregon & SW Washington created WOW in 2016 to include the brand new Saturday SUP for the Cure event on the Willamette followed by the Row for the Cure on Sunday on Vancouver Lake, just across the Columbia River, in Southwest Washington.

2017 brings all the events together on Saturday, July 29th at Vancouver Lake.  This venue provides a terrific setting for the combined rowing and paddling events.