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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: The Naiades Oncology Rowing program is committed to serving the physical and emotional needs of cancer survivors. Through our shared rowing experience, we find a means to maintain wellness for our bodies, and courage and determination for our spirit. We find healing on the water through the power of our commitment, and we hope to provide inspiration to all of those who face the challenges of cancer.

Target demographics: cancer survivors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 35 rowers

Geographic areas served: the Rochester NY region

Programs: by Rowing for Recovery. Our rowing program allows people who have some or no rowing experience to use this great sport to be stronger than before their cancer diagnosis.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cancer can not only ravage your body, it can strip you of your sense of self, isolate you from the "non-cancer" community, and leave you drifting in limbo on the figurative Island of "Where Do I Go From Here?" The Naiades Oncology Rowing for Recovery program can get you off that island and help strengthen your body, bring you back into the greater community, and give you a better, stronger, healthier, happier, invigorated new you that can deal with your cancer or its aftermath. I know- I'm a survivor who has benefitted immensely while rowing with my fellow survivors. If nothing else, the camaraderie and joy we share just being outdoors and witnessing the beauty around us as we make our way down the river is a healing and uplifting experience-best shared with smiling friends. The physical effort works its magic on our bodies while nature and fellowship work their magic on our spirits...and all is well.

2 Pamela128

Client Served

Rating: 5

Naiades Oncology Rowing has been the best support for me. Diagnosed at age 38 with stage 3b invasive carcinoma (treated over 9 months with breast sparing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation), I was looking for a support group but sitting around talking was not for me. When I saw the flier in the breast care center I was excited to give it a try. Six years and many regattas later I still love the river at sunset and the amazing survivors that I row with.

If you are a survivor come give it a try. It's physically and mentally challenging but spiritually calming. You'll be hooked, just like I am.


Client Served

Rating: 5

A++ rating goes to this group! Healing on the water (the Genesee River) is life affirming. I never thought, in my whole life, that I could row a shell . What a positive way to push one's body to do the improbable, (but NOT the impossible). Following a harrowing breast cancer odyssey of one year, I discovered Naiades. Rowing has restored my confidence and initiative accompanied by a fantastic support group. We ladies in the boat(s) are winners just by getting into the boat and making it go!!!!!

1 Allison67

Client Served

Rating: 5

Naiades came into my life at the perfect time. I was three years out from a cancer diagnosis and still not feeling like myself. A friend suggested I check out this rowing group and even though I was sceptical I went to an open house event to get more information. I have now been with the group for a year, have rowed in three regattas and connected with old friends while making some new ones too. It is wonderful exercise and, for me, a great break from the daily grind. When I'm in the boat I'm IN the boat and that time of quiet in my head is so refreshing. Come check us out...you have nothing to lose and so much to gain!