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Rowing for a Cause

This past weekend the athletes of the GVSU Rowing Club were rowing for more than just medals. At the Head of the Eagle, crew members could be seen wearing blue “Row for the Cure” t-shirts for breast cancer awareness month that ended on October 31st, the day of the regatta. These shirts were emblazoned with the names of friends and family members who were effected by this disease.

Emily Koons, a trustee for the team, organized the shirts. “I thought it would be a good way to not only spread awareness about this disease, but also honor those who have passed away from breast cancer and celebrate those who survived,” said Koons. “It really shows the impact of breast cancer and how many people are affected by it, regardless if they had it or not. Everyone feels its repercussions.”

The fall backdrop was speckled with Laker blue and the names of those close to the team. As spectators watched the crews row by, the first thing they saw were the names on the backs of the racers. Even with medals draped around their necks, the whole team knew they were racing for something bigger. All of the funds raised by the shirts will be donated towards breast cancer research and support. A big thank you to CustomInk, creators of the shirts, who offered to make a donation along with the team.

For those afflicted by the disease and survivors alike, the Laker Navy is pulling for you.






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