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McQuaid Crew Members to Row Length of Erie Canal
Posted 06/13/2013 03:07PM

On Friday, June 14, McQuaid Jesuit Crew rowers Cameron Pizzo, Stephen Gearinger, Nick Campanella, James Boyle, Daniel Hassett, John O’Leary, and coxswain Jack Mancini, will begin an arduous journey -- to row the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany -- to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 

The “Row for Hope” will begin at the University of Buffalo boat house and will end 8 days later after 340 miles, on Friday, June 21 at the Waterford Visitor Center in Albany.

The McQuaid Crew Team, through their “Row for Hope” effort, is reaching out to the community and corporate sponsors, in hopes of raising $25,000 to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back.  To date, they have raised more than $15,000.  To contribute or read more about the event, click here. The “Row for Hope” video can be viewed by clicking here.

Stephen Gearinger ’14 said “The idea of rowing the entire Erie Canal is very exciting.  At McQuaid Jesuit, we are taught to be “Men for Others” and the Row for Hope is a good way for me to do that.  The money we raise through this event can lead to more survivors and more joy.”

Daniel Hassett ’15 said, “Cancer is a devastating experience that no one should be faced with. I will help as much as I can in this fight so that there can be an end to cancer.”

Cameron Pizzo ’13 said, “During my five years on the crew team, I have seen several of our own parents, that are the heart and soul of our team, lose their lives to cancer.  Because of this, I feel that I should participate in the Row for Hope to give back to those who dealt with cancer and for what they have given to me.”

Nick Campanella ’14 is rowing because “Earlier this year, I lost a friend that I have had since I was a small child.  Everything that can be done, should be done.”

James Boyle ’14 said, “Even with the hard work ahead of us, it will give me no greater pleasure than to give back to those who need help the most.”

John O’Leary ’15 said, “Through my experiences at McQuaid Crew, I have learned that goals are achieved by working together as a team. I am hopeful the McQuaid Crew team can help bring the community together to work and raise funds for cancer.”

Jack Mancini ’15 said, “I am Rowing for Hope because of the many people in my life who are affected by cancer. It has touched all of our lives personally.  I row to help everyone who has lost someone to cancer.”

The McQuaid Crew Team would like to invite the community to come out and support them as they row. 

In addition to supporting lifesaving American Cancer Society research, education and advocacy, the money raised by the “Row for Hope” event will be used to support patient service programs in Rochester, NY. Programs such as Road to Recovery, which provides free round-trip transportation for cancer patients to doctor visits and treatments, as well as the Rochester Hope Lodge will benefit from this initiative.

Together with millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. For 24-hour cancer information, call toll free 1-800-227-2345 or visit

Click here to see the team being interviewed on News 10 NBC in Rochester.

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