In 2002 Row as One, our parent organization, began it's pilot program called WeCanRow (WomenEnduringCANcerROW) which was a collaborative project with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a wellness and rehabilitation program for women with breast cancer. WeCanRow begins where surgery and physical therapy leave off, creating a new opportunity for cancer patients to heal both physically and emotionally.
Through the generosity of a grant from the Live Strong Foundation and in collaboration with the Boston based Row as One Institute, a local chapter, the Tri-State WeCanRow was started in 2004. The program benefits men and women who are cancer survivors in the Tri-State area and inspires self-confidence, achievement, and strength for individuals by focusing on the connection between mental, physical and emotional strength.
Our Tri-State WeCanRow program involves survivors of different cancers at different stages of recovery gathering weekly to continue to strengthen, grow and row on the beautiful and serene Twin Lakes in Salisbury.
We are most grateful to the Salisbury School for their support of our program through the use of their boat and facilities on the lake during rowing season, from April through October, and also the use of their erg training room in the off season.
The program is open to both men and women who have experienced cancer in their lives and would like to experience the benefits of exercise and camaraderie in a very special setting. Participants need not know how to row, however basic swimming skills are required as well as Physician approval. The desire to learn and enjoy the process of becoming part of a team focused on wellness is our goal.