After standing by his side throughout his father’s battle with pancreatic cancer, Joe Boyle continues to fight back for him. When his father passed in October of 2014, Joe knew he wanted to take a stand against the cancer that had taken a loved one from him. He explains that “the best way I know how to deal with things is to fight back, I don’t really like to wallow in grief…I decided early on that I wanted to do something.”
Joe has always had a passion for using his athletic abilities for good, so ten months after his father’s diagnosis, he ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, raising eight thousand dollars in support of his father for the American Cancer Society. As a member of the Notre Dame Men’s Rowing Team, Joe began thinking about how he could use the sport of rowing to make a difference. When approached by a fellow teammate with the idea to put on an “ergathon,” he knew this was his way to “fight back” in memory of his father.that had taken a loved one from him. He explains that “the best way I know how to deal with things is to fight back, I don’t really like to wallow in grief…I decided early on that I wanted to do something.”
“I’m very grateful for Notre Dame in supporting me and my family through this. The Harper Cancer Research Institute has been great, the rowing team has been especially great…I’ve had a lot of gratitude in my heart,” shares Joe. As the date of the ergathon approaches, all donations are welcome and extremely appreciated. If you want to get involved, donations can be made on the Notre Dame Men’s Rowing website, www.nd.edu/~ndcrew. So come out and help Joe and his teammates raise money for pancreatic cancer research.