WeCanRow DC was started in 2004 by three breast cancer survivors, Beverly Buffkin, Nancy Kellner and Doris Parker, who rowed at three different clubs in the Washington, DC area. They didn’t know each other, but people interested in their passion connected Nancy, Doris and Beverly with each other. They met for lunch to share their knowledge and convictions that a breast cancer diagnosis (and subsequent treatments) did not mean having to limit their physical activities, especially rowing.
Following meetings with Holly Metcalf in Boston, WeCanRow DC sprang to life when Doris, Beverly and Nancy, along with the help and encouragement of many others at Potomac Boat Club and Capital Rowing Club, organized the first Learn to Row (LTR) weekend. Today, many of the 15 rowers introduced to the sport that weekend continue to row together, joined by LTR participants from subsequent years.
The LTR weekend is our signature annual event that provides a safe environment for those with breast cancer to learn something new. Having enjoyed the weekend, participants come away from it challenged and motivated!
As follow-up to the LTR weekend, WeCanRow DC organizes the novice recreational summer rowing program at Capital Rowing Club, where we encourage recovery at its many stages, along with a focus on strength and community. It lets you try something new—consider that some of our members never participated in team sports until they tried our program!
In September 2006, Team WeCanRow DC competed for the first time in the Head of the Potomac Regatta, and since then we participate in local regattas every year. WeCanRow DC also participated in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston several times in its history.