Cancer survivors row for fitness

A total of 15 area cancer survivor-athletes rowed 100 kilometers, the distance equal to crossing Lake Michigan between the Sheboygan lighthouse and the Ludington, Mich. Lighthouse, on Concept2 indoor rowing machine ergometers at the Lakeview Center of the Sheboygan YMCA on Saturday, March 11.

This second-annual event was part of the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund’s (SCCCF) “Survive, Thrive & Be Fit” program that offers, among other activities, an indoor row team.

Survivor-athletes began training for the event in late 2016 at the Sheboygan YMCA.

Returning from last year’s event were Cindy Becker, Leah Heusterberg, Jennifer King, Mary Kemp, Dan Kunda, Candy Meyer, Lori Pribek, Mary Rohde and Tim Renzelmann with first-time participants Barb Bogenschutz, Lenny Bogenschutz, Anthony Flores, Lisa Glander, Carrie Green and Beverly Leonard.

It took survivors a total of 9:30:02.6 to complete the 100- kilometer distance improving on last year’s time by more than 30 minutes (10:03:49).

The Sheboygan County Cancer Fund is a local 501 (c)(3) charitable organization with the main focus is to provide financial assistance, or “gestures,” to help those in Sheboygan County who have been diagnosed with cancer or a disease of the blood cope with the financial challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

“Survive, Thrive & Be Fit” offers a variety of healthy and active living activities to area cancer patients and survivors including gentle yoga classes, casual walk/run opportunities, day hikes and overnight backpacking adventures, kayaking excursions on nearby waterways, pickleball, disc golf outings and more.

To learn more about the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund’s financial “gestures” or the “Survive, Thrive & Be Fit” program or to support the fund, visit or contact Tim E. Renzelmann at 920-457-2223 (920-457-SCCCF).

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