In an effort to demonstrate the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and its effect on breast cancer, Komen Atlanta is teaming up with several metro Atlanta rowing clubs to present the 6th annual Row for the Cure Saturday, Sept. 22.
Trained rowers from St. Andrew Rowing Club, Atlanta Rowing Club, Atlanta Junior Rowing Association, Georgia State Crew and Emory Crew will all take part in this year’s Row for the Cure. Each participating rowing club determines its own fundraising goals and is encouraged to raise money throughout each member’s community.
Day of event activities include a pink boat spirit contest, a picnic lunch, music by local band, Fisheye, and the first Komen Atlanta Row for the Cure All Star Challenge. The challenge consists of junior, adult and college rowers competing against each other to win prizes donated by local organizations.
“Even though the greatest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older, research has proven that physical activity and maintaining a healthy lifestyle positively impacts breast health,” said Justine Boyd, Komen Atlanta executive director. “Rowing is an activity that all women, regardless of age, can participate in and enjoy. Row for the Cure is the perfect event to help us promote healthy living and its potential impact on breast cancer and breast cancer outcomes.”
Since it’s inception in 2007, Row for the Cure has raised more than $260,000 for Komen Atlanta.
Row for the Cure is open to the public and spectators are welcome to come out to join the picnic lunch and watch the competition along the Chattahoochee River. Donations can be made by visiting the website.
The event will take place at Azalea Park in Roswell beginning at 11:30 p.m. and lasting until 2:30 p.m. For more information about this year’s Row for the Cure, contact Lacy Kerkhof or visit the event website.