FAIRFIELD, Conn - The Sacred Heart University women's rowing participated in the Meters for Myeloma 5K walk/run, hosted by the Fairfield University rowing team on Sunday afternoon.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer and currently there is no cure. Fairfield rowing decided to host the event to raise both awareness and funds for multiple myeloma research.
The event was started by Fairfield University's rowing team in honor of their beloved coach, Matt Labine, who passed away from multiple myeloma in September, 2017. In addition, the event is in honor of Dr. Jo Hannafin, friend of the rowing team and myeloma patient who was diagnosed in April 2012.
"When coach Patterson from Fairfield U reached out to me and told me about the event was no doubt in my mind we will participate," SHU head coach Nicoleta Mantescu said. "This is about rowing; we are a small community and while on the water we are competitors and race against each other when we put the boats away we are part of the same family, we support and help each other. We will definitely be there again next year."
The event was able to raise $5,744 of its goal of $6,000. SHU's crew raised the most money of all the teams, raising $345. If you would like to donate, please CLICK HERE.