By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The loss of a friend has driven an athlete to raise money and awareness for a great cause.

Eric Gelber, an endurance athlete, is attempting to row 200 miles on a stationary rowing machine in three days.

The event in Central Park is to raise $300,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research Foundation.

Multiple myeloma is an incurable and rare blood cancer that took the life of a family friend.

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“This weekend is the five-year anniversary. I actually ran 200 miles starting in this spot for the same foundation, so we figured on the five-year anniversary, we do something a little different and we thought we’d row 200 miles,” Gelber said.

His goal is to raise over $2 million for cancer research. If you’d like to donate, click here.

CBSNewYork Team