Charities we love: Row4ROW and Girls Love Mail

The world is just full of wonderful grassroots organizations, especially the ones that educate, fund and support breast cancer patients and survivors. When an individual is inspired to start an organization like this… I just stand in awe. It’s a lot of hard work, I imagine — actually, I can’t imagine — to get one of those groups off the ground.

Here are two organizations that we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with lately.


This summer, the 27-year-old Founder and Coach of Recovery on Water, Jenn Gibbons, plans to row the entire 1,500-mile perimeter of Lake Michigan, solo. Recovery on Water is a charitable organization that invites breast cancer survivors to get fit — and be part of a supportive team — through the sport of rowing. All of the funds raised during Jenn’s journey will help Recovery on Water provide its programs to more women. You have to see this recent video:

We’ll include a short article about Row4ROW in the next issue of Amoena Life magazine. In the meantime, Jenn’s counting down until her launch date! If you’re on her route, definitely plan to go cheer her on this summer!

Girls Love Mail

I loved having pen-pals as a kid; maybe that’s why I can’t get enough of this little charity. Girls Love Mail is a letter-writing campaign for newly diagnosed women, and those in the thick of the treatment phase. It’s as simple as this: You write a letter, and they deliver it to someone who needs a kind word. I’ve signed up for this one but haven’t yet sat down with my pen and notecards… I hope to do my first one this weekend (it’s supposed to be rainy – perfect letter-writing conditions, in my book).

We talked with founder and author, Gina Mulligan, last month for our piece at She’s just delightful. And she’s launched an impressive campaign this year, as well — the Mile of Mail! Join her to help send 5,280 letters in 2012. I would love to hear if you decide to do this (leave me a comment)!

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2 Responses to Charities we love: Row4ROW and Girls Love Mail

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for helping us get out the word about Girls Love Mail! I look forward to reading your letter. If you need help to get started, don’t forget there are sample letters and tips on the website. Wishing you all the best! -Gina

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