Sept. 17, 2012
BOSTON - The Boston University women's rowing team continued its partnership with WeCanRow, a wellness and recovery program for breast cancer survivors, this past Saturday (Sept. 15) with the annual Scarlet and Blue Row. The event marks the fourth year of the parnership, which started back in 2009.
The Scarlet and Blue Row was a day of rowing on the Charles River for members of the WeCanRow program who were joined in their boats by members of the Boston University women's rowing team. WeCanRow is a wellness and recovery program that provides an opportunity for women recovering from breast cancer to develop healthy and strong bodies. Program members use rowing to become active participants in their own recovery, rediscover the joy of movement and be part of a group of women with a common bond supporting each other. The blue in the Scarlet and Blue Row is for WeCanRow Boston's team color.
"It is an amazing opportunity for us," said WeCanRow member Christin Lal. "The guidance the BU team and coaches have offered us is incredible. It is really a privilege to come here and use this facility"
WeCanRow (short for women enduring cancer row) first began in Boston in 2002 and has strong ties to BU. University coaches, alums and current students help support female cancer survivors who gather to row each week at BU's DeWolfe Boathouse.
Stacey Rippetoe, head coach of the women's rowing team, invited the Boston chapter to become affiliated with BU after arriving here in 2008. Before coming to BU, Rippetoe had founded a chapter in Lansing, Mich., while coaching at Michigan State. WeCanRow Boston soon was at home in DeWolfe Boathouse, training in BU's athletic facilities as part of the Terrier community.
"It's a wellness program with no expiration date," Rippetoe said. "It bridges the gap between being a patient and being an athlete."