Recovery on Water began as a collaboration between Sue Ann Glaser, an Evanston breast cancer survivor, and Jenn Gibbons, a rowing coach for Chicago’s St.Ignatius High School Crew (ICC). After forming ROW, Jenn enlisted ICC student volunteers to help lift boats, fill seats, and generally assist, while receiving community service hours in return for their time. ROW began hosting weekly practices in the winter of 2007 and the first group of women began practicing on the water in the spring of 2008.


ROW acts as a support service and exercise program for women who are currently in treatment or have been through treatment for breast cancer. Our program is rooted in research that shows how exercise can reduce cancer recurrence by as much as 50%.