Varsity rower Daniel Aziz – Pull for a Cure

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Varsity rower Daniel Aziz – Pull for a Cure

Created and supported by the Mass General Cancer Center, the one hundred honors 100 Everyday Amazing individuals and groups each year who are changing how we fight cancer. Their commitment inspires us all to take action. “Varsity rower Daniel Aziz literally launched his annual breast cancer fundraising and awareness initiative, Pull for a Cure, on the water. A junior at Brown University in 2009, he recruited his entire crew team to help. The team raised $25,000 leading up to and culminating at the prestigious Head Of The Charles® Regatta, held in Boston every October, breast cancer awareness month.

QRC’s Ami Mehr  was the challenge’s top fundraiser in 2014. “As a recent breast cancer survivor and rower, it was extremely meaningful for me to see so many rowers on the Charles River wearing pink,” she says. “Dan’s organization is very important because it gives rowers an opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer at one of the world’s largest regattas.”

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Finish Line Marks Triumph Over Breast Cancer

When Ami Mehr, a young mom from Upton, learned she had breast cancer in May, she resolved that cancer would not dictate the terms of her life. When she was diagnosed, she set one goal that would get her through her hardship—rowing in the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta. On Saturday, cancer free, she realized that goal when she and her Quinsigamond Rowing Association teammates posted a time of 21:50 to finish 25th in the women’s masters fours. There were three other rowers and a coxswain in the boat, and they all drew their strength from Mehr’s.

“It was a given. There was no doubt in my mind that in our Head Of The Charles boat, Ami would be in that boat,” said QRA head coach Julie Waddell. “The majority of our team knew that it’s Ami and she’s not giving up to anything. She’ll be there and she’ll be on the water.”

When she was diagnosed, Mehr opted for the most aggressive form of treatment, a double mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery all in one go. Her reasoning for this was that she would forever lower her chance of getting breast cancer again, and raise her chance of recovering in time to row in the Head Of The Charles.

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QRA’s Ami Mehr vows to not let breast cancer get in her way

QRA’s Ami Mehr has not let breast cancer get in her way of racing in the 50th Head of the Charles on 10/18/14 or making strides for breast cancer awareness.

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The Pull for a Cure Challenge offers competitors in a local regatta the opportunity to use their participation as a platform to garner financial support for breast cancer research. This year’s Challenge takes place at the Head of the Charles in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All donations are collected through the Pull for a Cure website and go directly to the breast cancer research support provided by the American Cancer Society.

If you would like to make a gift to support Quinsigamond Rowing Association Women’s sweep, simply visit pull for a cure website.

Row On Ami !!