Harper Cancer Research Institute | February 5, 2015
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.