Updated 06/21/2012 07:28 PM
Rowers Wrap Up 340 Mile Fundraiser Trip Along Canal
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After an eight day journey, crew members from two Western New York high schools finished their fundraiser for juvenile diabetes.
After rowing 340 miles down the Erie Canal, rivals from Canisius and McQuaid Jesuit High Schools arrived in Saratoga Thursday.
The crews from the two schools joined forces to raise money and support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The group says the trip was tough, but they're proud to have rowed the entire length of the canal, while raising more than $50,000 for the cause.
'He has friends that struggle with juvenile diabetes, and I have a neighbor that struggles, so we decide we should row for JDRF," said Rein Yankowski.
'It's very challenging, especially going across Oneida Lake. Tthe waves were tough, there were times we thought did we really have to row the entire canal? But I'm really glad we finished it," said Cameron Pizzo.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation says more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes each year.