Naiades Oncology Rowing

Cancer Survivors Rowing for Recovery


We had great opportunity for some sight seeing and spectacular views of our Rochester region this past rowing season:
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A Surprise Rowing Season Farewell

On Tuesday October 19th, 2021, Naiades Rowers had a huge surprise. We received a heartfelt season farewell from the Mercy Crew Team (below)at Genesee Waterway Center, as we were cleaning, derigging and storing our boats for the winter. Mercy smiles and well wishes made the job so much easier! We're looking forward to seeing you again Mercy Crew Team in 2022! Thank you for your support!

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Time to Celebrate!

Naiades Oncology Rowing held their annual end of the year party Thursday October 28th, 2021 at the Kiwanis Club in Webster. Multiple savory dishes were shared, along with a great time reminiscing and celebrating accolade's. The finale included the annual awarding of the SHELLEY (Passionate & Involved) and SUKI's (Strong & Uplifting) awards in memory of Shelley Lanctot and Sue Nill Kidera (center below). This year's winners are Sheila Wassink (left) of the SHELLY award and Patty Keane (right) of the SUKI award.

To Help Keep Us in Top Rowing Condition

Winter Workouts starting in January through April 2022 will include Circuit/Core Training and Erging at Genesee Waterways Center (GWC), and plans for Indoor Erging and Rowing in the Tanks at the Pittsford Indoor Rowing Center (PIRC).

If your interested in joining us please email for additional details.

Meet Avery Another One of Our Coxswains:

Avery Seckel is another one of those great calming voices in Naiades boats. Avery is a sophomore at Brighton High School. Avery also rows with her high school team, along with coxing for her high school team on occasion. In addition, Avery joined Naiades Oncology Rowing this past summer as a coxswain. Avery believes that being a coxswain has taught her a lot about communication and has helped her understand how to give clear orders. These are important skills that Avery believes she can transfer to other life situations. When Avery is not at school or rowing, she also enjoys cross country sports and reading. We are grateful to have Avery on our team!
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Please Don't Forget:

On Monday November 1st, 2021, Naiades Oncology Rowing Board sent out a survey to all our readers. The purpose of the survey is to find out: how we can reach more potential rowers; improve programming; and increase community awareness and support for our organization.

Special thanks to all who may have already taken the survey!

Also a friendly reminder to those who have not yet taken the survey. We’d appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete the survey below within the next few days. Approximate time to fill out is less than 8 minutes. The survey will be closed out November 15th at noon:

Survey Link:

& ROC the Day with Naiades on November 30th!

ROC the Day is a secure 24 hour on line event that gives people in our community opportunity to support non for profit organizations in our region.

Naiades Oncology Rowing, Inc.'s page for ROC the Day on November 30, 2021 can be found at

We greatly appreciate any assistance you can give!

This Month's Quote to Live By

by William Arthur Ward:

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."


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How to Add More Tribute Names:

If you want to consider adding a loved ones name to our newest boat -- DRAGONFLY. Our Spirit Fund is accepting names of survivors, those who are in treatment, and those who a loved one wants to be remembered with every stroke our crew takes. Our application form with instruction is found here:

Browse Our Naiades Oncology Rowing Website & Facebook Page for Current and Future Information!

Learning to row is hard work, yet a rewarding and FUN sport! Take a look at our info below:

Why Come Row with Us??? because we are about:

  • Offering programs that appeal to individuals with all levels of rowing experience.
  • Rowing with others who have faced the challenges of cancer.
  • Having coaches who understand the uniqueness of our team and coach to our mission/goals.
  • You're setting and accomplishing your own personal and team goals.
  • Promoting an amazing and healing environment, leaving cancer behind one stroke at a time.
  • Getting involved in Regattas as a fun way to work together to get to the finish line demonstrating progress in recovery.
  • Offering accommodations for many post-treatment limitations.
  • The water is magical, healing and enchanting, releasing your mind to a bigger purpose within nature.

To Include Others in Our Newsletter Mailings: Please email their names to to get them on our list! Thank you!

Your Donations Help! Keep Them Coming!

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