“We’re trying to establish crews of between eight to 15 people. Each crew would be responsible for raising a minimum of $1,000,” said Phillip Edge, executive director of Cancer Navigators.
The nonprofit organization helps those affected by the disease “navigate” their way through cancer care and the human experience.
To be part of the fundraiser, crews must pay a $100 sign-up fee and pledge to raise $1,000 by the April 10 benefit. Sign-up ends Feb. 18. The first crew captain meeting is also Feb. 18 at the Cancer Navigators office at 1013 N. Fifth Ave. Suite 7.
While there is no boating involved, there will be several activities during the afternoon, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the new Harbin Clinic Cancer Center. Edge said they have planned a silent walk and a comedy showcase from author, comedian and cancer survivor Scott Burton.
Each crew will be given an oar to decorate. The oars are a symbol of the journey traveled by people with cancer.
“With everybody rowing going in the same direction, we can go a lot quicker if everyone is going in unison,” Edge said.
There will also be a contest for most creative oar decoration.
“It’s not about Cancer Navigators,” Edge said. “It’s about the people in the community, whoever needs the resources that Cancer Navigators provides.”
For more information, call the Cancer Navigators office at 706-295-4119. All donations are tax deductible.