The Naiades Oncology Rowing program supports men and women who have faced any form of cancer by providing physical conditioning, rehabilitation, education, and camaraderie through the sport of rowing.
The program acquired a new boat, named and launched her May 5 during a ceremony surrounded by friends and family.
The new boat is named Dragonfly to symbolize the ability to overcome times of hardship, to remind all to take time to reconnect with their own strength, courage and happiness.
This is the third boat in the fleet. Dragonfly joins Spirit and Shelley B in their uniqueness — they are the only rowing shells locally that are covered with the names of cancer survivors and cancer victims. The group rows with greater strength knowing each of these spirits adds to the strength of the boat, the unity of the team. There are also names on the oars.
The celebration took place at noon May 5 at the Genesee Waterways Center in Rochester. In attendance were family and friends, as well as local dignitaries including Patti Cataldi, Webster town councilwoman; John Piccone, city of Rochester director of athletics and aquatics; County Legislator John Lightfoot, 25th District; County Legislator Ed Wilt, 1st District; State Assemblyman Mark Johns; and Sen. Joe Robach, R-Greece.
The main goal for 2018 is to bring cancer survivors to the water to benefit from this sport during and after their recovery process. For more information, visit, email or call (585) 797-7894.