Row4aCure needs your help to get the word out. My name is Jacob Beckley, I am committed to jumping out of my comfort zone to bring awareness and raise money for Lurie Children’s of Chicago. Neuroblastoma is the deadliest childhood cancer, and one of the most underfunded cancers. There can be hope, focussing on this aggressive cancer can lead to breakthroughs in less aggressive forms of cancer. One child loses their battle to Neuroblastoma every 16 hours!

I am not an athlete nor a rower, I’m just a normal guy with the willingness to do something remarkable to raise awareness. I have been training for months working towards this goal. I am pushing myself beyond my limits to ensure that I succeed and I reach my goals.

When I woke up one morning with this thought in my head, I had no idea what it really meant, I just knew that I wanted to do something different. Looking back, I wish I would have just thought about running a marathon… Now that’s easy!

I have been building my own boat for the past 2 weeks and am about one week away from completion, as of August 11th. You can view photos of the build in the gallery above.

If you’re interested in speaking to me or having me share this story with your audiences, please let me know. You can reach out to, or complete the super simple form below! “Because One Person Can!”


Current Press and Media


Local Man To Row Across Lake Michigan For Childhood Cancer Research
Jake Beckley of Row4aCure is raising money for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He said the inspiration for the trip came from a simple thought in the middle of the night.


Man’s solo rowing adventure on homemade boat to benefit childhood cancer
Today marks the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It also marks the countdown to a major undertaking by a west suburban man bringing attention to one of the most aggressive forms. In 29 days Jake Beckley will set off on a 65 mile solo rowing adventure across Lake Michigan in his own homemade boat. The magnitude matches the meaning behind Jake’s quest – to raise money and awareness for neuroblastoma – the most aggressive and one of the most…


Man with Carlsbad ties to row for cancer research
Chicago’s Jacob Beckley will row 65 miles from Benton Harbor, Mich. to Chicago on Sept. 30. In less than two years time, Jacob Beckley went from being a self-described “couch potato” to an avid fitness freak ready to embark on a journey across Lake Michigan for a good cause.



Links and Mentions

9&10 News – Northern Michigan

The American Childhood Cancer Organization
BBC Record London

Fox WFLX – West Palm Beach
CBS 2 News – Reno, Nevada
Digital Journal
El Paso Times
Broadcast India
Woodridge Newswire
24-7 Press Release
USA News
Blackbird PR News


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