Recovery on Water began as a collaboration between Sue Ann Glaser, an Evanston breast cancer survivor, and Jenn Gibbons, a rowing coach at Ignatius Chicago Crew (ICC). Jenn enlisted ICC student volunteers to attend practices to help lift boats and assist while receiving community service hours for their time at practice. She began hosting weekly practices in the winter months of 2007, and the first group of women began practicing on the water in the spring of 2008.
Breast cancer survivors who exercise reduce their risk of recurrence by fifty percent. Over the years we have become Chicago’s leading source and support resource for survivors as they use exercise to combat cancer. Most importantly, ROW continues to make a positive impact on the lives of its members. Our team has found a group, a team and a sport that they are proud of and want to excel in. ROW provides an environment and opportunity for Chicago’s survivors to get fit, fight back, and have fun!
WGN Chicago: Recovery on the Water, October 2012
WBEZ (NPR): Women Take on Bubbly Creek and Fierce Competition to Battle Breast Cancer, October 1, 2010
Row to Recovery: Team of Survivors R.O.W to Fight Cancer, NBC 5 Chicago, August 5, 2010
Hope Floats for Chicago Rowing Team, Medill Reports, May 21, 2010
Rowing to Recovery, Gapers Block, April 29, 2010
ROW featured in Y-ME newsletter, Page 4 (PDF)
ROW featured on MakeItBetter.net
ROW featured in Green Bay Press Gazette
Pulling Together for Recovery on Water, Evanston Roundtable, November 10, 2009
Just Keep Moving!, Health Key, October 16, 2009
Girls in the Game Staff Member Earns Athena Young Professional Award, Girls in the Game