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Women's rowing team heads to the water for breast cancer awareness

A bunch of breast cancer activists are about to make a splash when they head to the waters for Row for the Cure, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The regatta, which started in Oregon in 1994, was brought to the New York area in 2008 by rowing enthusiast William Rooney, his daughter Nicole and her crew teammate Kelly Kranz. The proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

"In our first year in 2008, we raised $4,500. Last year, we raised $9,000, and this year, we hope to make even more," Rooney told the news outlet.

Our Lady of Lourdes High School rowing coach Andy Mauer is proud to have his team take part in the fundraiser.

"It serves a common purpose, because all of us have been touched by cancer in our lives in one way or another,'' Mauer told the news outlet.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a foundation that is dedicated to breast cancer awareness, research and education. Since its inception in 1981, it has donated over $1.5 billion to the cause.
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