Man to row across Lake Michigan for cancer research

Associated Press

St. Joseph, Mich. — The leader of an organization that raises money for childhood cancer research plans to row a boat across Lake Michigan for the cause this weekend.

Jacob Beckley plans to row across Lake Michigan from St. Joseph to Chicago this Sunday to raise awareness for childhood cancer research as part of Row For A Cure Lake Michigan 2016. Mandarino and his wife Katie founded the Alex Mandarino Foundation in 2013 after their son Alex passed away from neuroblastoma at the age of five.

Jacob Beckley says he’ll set out Sunday on the 65-mile journey from St. Joseph to Chicago, which he hopes to complete in one very long day.

Jacob Beckley, right, from Chicago, talks with Tony Mandarino Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, during a press conference held at the St. Joseph Junior Foundation Sailing School, in St. Joseph, Mich. Tony and Katie Mandarino of St. Joseph, whose 5-year-old son died of neuroblastoma in 2013.

Beckley’s group is called Row for a Cure. Its primary focus is a form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma.

The Herald-Palladium reports that Beckley built the vessel that he’ll row across the lake. It is embossed with the names of about 100 children who have cancer or have died from it.

Beckley announced his voyage last week with Tony and Katie Mandarino of St. Joseph, whose 5-year-old son died of neuroblastoma in 2013.