Ed Levin
Publicity Director

The indescribable, life altering moment of the announcement of a diagnosis of cancer is indelibly etched in the mind of so many.  Shock, doubt, despair, fear and grief perch over family, friends, and community.

Some, fortified with prayer, belief in a cure, exceptional care, support by everyone surrounding them survive, an odyssey of tragedy to triumph.

Afterwards, their bond with others who have survived is remarkable.

The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee (DVROC) is very excited about partnering with the Survivor Rowing Network, a community of rowers committed to introducing rowing to more cancer survivors.

Four boats will come together and race on Saturday May 11 between the morning and afternoon race sessions of the 85th annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta in an 8+ (eight rowers plus one coxswain) and three 4 person shells (four rowers), showcasing the power of survivor rowing to Dad Vail competitors and spectators.

The network, a community of rowers committed to introducing rowing to more cancer survivors, currently aligns 25 rowing programs for cancer survivors across the U.S and Europe. Survivor Rowing Network is bringing 20 survivor rowers from six rowing clubs in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Texas, and Philadelphia.

“The Survivor Rowing Network is thrilled to be at the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta for the first time, especially to celebrate the 85th anniversary of such an historic event”, said Beth Kohl, Rowing Cares President/ Survivor Rowing Network Founder. 

“The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee is excited to partner with survivor cancer rowing and to be able to showcase the great work the organization is doing and the amazing cancer survivors who have turned to rowing as an outlet.”

The mission of the Survivor Rowing Network is simple: to create more opportunities for cancer survivors to row in boats and on ergs as part of their recovery and rehabilitation. Research shows the importance of exercise to prevent recurrence and rowing provides. 

This race is part of a campaign hosted by the Survivor Rowing Network and JL Racing to ” Celebrate A Mother You Love” and all race participants and spectators are invited to the JL and SRN tents to meet the survivors, learn more about survivor rowing and take a special Tribute photo with a special Mom. 

The 85th Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, presented by Coca-Cola will be staged on the Cooper River, in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.

-Beth Kohl, Rowing Cares President/ Survivor Rowing Network Founder contributed to the release. 


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