PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The ninth annual Pull For A Cure Challenge has raised $93,680.69 to benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The campaign was made of up of 227 fundraisers across eleven collegiate, high school and club crew teams, as well as alumni, which culminated at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass.
Founded in 2009 by Brown crew alum Dan Aziz '11, Pull For A Cure has raised nearly $700,000 since its inception.
"Pull for a Cure started with an idea, and the Brown men's crew in 2009, raising $25,000 in its first year," said Aziz. "I am very proud to say that the event has continued to grow, and raise money for the American Cancer Society. More often than not, these initiatives only last a few years, and then fall-off when the founding group is no longer around. I am very proud of the Brown men and women's crew, and the ACS, for their help in keeping Pull for a Cure occurring and growing."
"We are extremely grateful for the support from the Brown University students, alumni and all the Pull for a Cure volunteers, who have made this initiative a resounding success over the past nine years. Their passion and commitment to our mission is an inspiration and has a tremendous impact in the fight against cancer," said Greg McKeever, community development manager for the American Cancer Society.
The Brown men's crew effort was led by juniors Malcolm Nash (Rye, N.Y.), Jack Abeel (Washington, D.C.), and Alex Devries (Long Lake, Minn.), and with the help of family and friends, the team raised over $25,000, a 15% increase from the last four years.
The team leaders of Brown women's crew, juniors Claire Ryan (Jefferson City, Mo.) and Sophie Paine (Freeport, Bahamas), led their team to a successful fundraising campaign as well raising over $16,000, a 70% increase from the last four years.
Charles River Apparel helped sponsor the challenge, providing custom-made jackets to individual fundraisers who raised more than $500.
In addition to the team-oriented fundraising, a dinner with a silent auction the weekend of Head of the Charles Regatta, sponsors and sponsorships totaled $20,393.