R.O.W.'s 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Team will raise money to support an organization helping breast cancer survivors reduce their risk of cancer recurrence through exercise. Each runner has committed to raising $1,000 for Recovery on Water, running 26.2 miles all while supporting a Chicago crew team called R.O.W.
Recovery on Water provides a unique, fun, and warm environment for survivors to get fit and fight cancer through exercise.
Establishing and maintaining a regular exercise routine is challenging. Finding a supportive network of women to share your cancer experience with is even more difficult. ROW helps survivors accomplish both. Members exercise in an environment where they can share their anxieties, express their health concerns, and learn to thrive as survivors of breast cancer. The team consists of over fifty women ranging from 29 to 64 years old, trains three days a week and competes in regattas throughout the Midwest, such as the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships, the Chicago Sprints, and the Tail of the Fox regatta in DePere,
Most importantly, ROW has made a positive impact on the lives of its members. The women of ROW are strong, fearless, and ready to fight cancer with every stroke. As the most sought after exercise group for survivors in Chicago, membership has grown to over fifty and counting, with new member inquiries every week.