About Us




WeCanRow-Boston is a wellness and recovery program for women who have been treated for breast cancer. We provide an opportunity for our members to develop healthy and strong bodies, become active participants in their own recovery, rediscover the joy of movement, and be part of a group of women with a common bond supporting each other.

Founded in 2002, WeCanRow-Boston is the original WeCanRow program, which has affiliates across the country. The program was founded in 2002 by Olympic gold medalist Holly Metcalf. We Can Row is specifically designed to allow women treated for breast cancer to reorient themselves with their bodies. Rowing helps our members to re-build physical strength and mental focus, renew self-image and develop the bond of teamwork with women who have had similar cancer experiences.

The goals of the program

  • Help women recovering from breast cancer
  • Develop healthy and strong bodies
  • Become active participants in their own recovery
  • Assert control over their bodies
  • Rediscover the joy of movement
  • Contribute to a mutually empowering recovery team

From April through October, the program rows on Tuesday evenings on the Charles River out of the Boston University DeWolfe Boathouse on Memorial Drive. During the winter, WCR-B rows in indoor tanks at Boston University. Currently, the program practices on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 to 8:00 pm. In order to accommodate new rowers, we organize a Learn to Row in the spring.

WeCanRow-Boston, Inc. is an official charity in the state of Massachusetts and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.