Record breaking boat glides Austin waters for a good cause
AUSTIN, Texas —
Spectators came out to see the world's largest sculling boat today at Lady Bird Lake on its final leg of an American tour.
The Austin Rowing Club has partnered with Pulling for Pink to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas by hosting the world's longest sculling boat during its American Tour. The Stampfli Express is a Swiss-engineered marvel that is over 140 feet long and weighs an impressive 926 pounds when fully assembled.
Among the participants will be Angie Houtz, founder of Pulling for Pink, Peggy Perry and Sue Simmer, all active rowers and breast cancer survivors. Both Peggy and Sue have been involved with the rowing scene for more than 20 years and each found solace and support as they continued rowing through their diagnosis and treatments.
The event is being organized by Pulling for Pink, an awareness campaign founded by Angie to increase the awareness needed for support after hearing those four words: "You have breast cancer."
Through friendships and a solid support system comprised of many Texas rowers, she returned to competitive rowing this year after her initial diagnosis in 2013 which led to a bi-lateral mastectomy, six surgeries within eighteen months and physical therapy afterwards.
Proceeds will go to benefit The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.