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Row for the Cure Event History
Row for the Cure is celebrating 25 years of supporting breast cancer and breast health services with Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington. We are excited to join together to celebrate with flair, fun, festivities, music, food and beverages and more! Row for the Cure has raised more than $522,000 to support the fight against breast cancer.
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 and SW Washington. In the ensuing years, the hosting organization, Station L Rowing Club, continued to hold the event on the Willamette River. 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. In 2016, Row for the Cure and Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington banded together to put together an event on Vancouver Lake in Southwest Washington. This year we are excited to celebrate founder – Kathy Frederick and other key individuals that make this event a success, Juanita Chambers, and Janna Brown.
Rachel Beck, Committee Member