Row for the Cure Brings out the Community, Brings in Donations
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The University of California San Diego women’s rowing team hosted its 18th annual Row for the Cure at Mission Bay on Saturday morning. The event truly put the “fun” in “fundraising” as the community came decked out in pink to take part in the races and cheer on competitors, all while supporting an important cause. Women’s Rowing Head Coach Colin Truex estimates that this year’s Row for the Cure raised around 20 thousand dollars.
All of the proceeds from the event were donated to the nonprofit foundation Susan G. Komen. The organization provides free mammograms, biopsies, ultrasounds, and other assistance to breast cancer patients. Of the funds raised at Row for the Cure, 75% goes towards Susan G. Komen’s local breast health programs in San Diego, while the rest will support their international research.
“Our partnership with the wonderful people of Susan G. Komen grows stronger every year,” Truex said. “This year represented one of the biggest races so far and it was great to see such a large turnout of spectators to support the competitors. The race will continue to grow and expand to include even more non-rowing events over the coming years which is very exciting!”
For two hours, people of all ages and with all types of watercrafts took to Mission Bay to compete. UC San Diego participated in two of the rowing regattas, while other races included kayaks, dragon boats, and outrigger canoes.
Truex emphasized that the event was made possible by the help of volunteers. The UC San Diego women’s rowing team, men’s rowing team, and dance team assisted with check-in, raffles, and other parts of Row for the Cure.
Visit the photo gallery and video below to see more from the event.
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