Fairfield Rowing is hosting an independent event called the Meters for Myeloma 5K in honor of two of the program's closest friends, Matt Labine and Jo Hannafin. All funds will go towards research at the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Matt Labine, the current women's team assistant coach, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma while the team was on winter break. While the doctors gave him a good prognosis, Matt has faced some setbacks and has been unable to come to practice the past month. Matt was a walk-on rower at Yale, a two time member of the U.S. National Rowing team, made it to the finals in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic trials, and started coaching rowing in 2010. Over the past two years, Matt has played an essential role in Fairfield's success, most notably, coaching the Varsity 4+ that won gold at the MAAC Championship in the Spring of 2016.
Jo Hannafin has been a friend of the program since her husband, John Brisson, started coaching the women's team in 2011. She was later diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2012. Dr. Hannafin is currently an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and a Team Physician for the U.S. Rowing Team. She was a silver medalist in the lightweight double at the 1984 World Rowing Championships, is a three-time gold medalist at the U.S. National Rowing Championship, and is now the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the National Rowing Foundation.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is dedicated to researching and pursuing innovative means to treat this disease, with the goal to extend the lives of current patients and eventually find a cure for all.
By purchasing a ticket below, you will be registering for the 5K run/walk. If you are not sure you can attend, you can always register the day of the event in Alumni Hall.