"Bud's Pride" Memorial Smooth Sailing Dinner & Dance, in honor of the late Ralph (Bud) McClish, will benefit a Breast Cancer Survivor Crew Team.

"Bud's Pride" Memorial Smooth Sailing Dinner & Dance, in honor of the late Ralph (Bud) McClish, will benefit a Breast Cancer Survivor Crew Team.

McClish's daughter Jaime Julian said the Aug. 15 benefit is to help fulfill her father's dream of purchasing a second boat for the Breast Cancer Survivor Crew Team, consisting of master rowers who are all breast cancer survivors.

The dinner, dance and silent auction will be held at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road in Columbus.

A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A dance, with music by the Street Players, will begin at 8 p.m.

Bud McClish, who lived in Johnstown the last 30 years with his wife Connie, died in November as a result of injuries sustained in a horse-related accident, Julian said. He had worked as a self-employed brick mason.

"We purchased a new, eight-foot racing boat to row in his honor this year," she said. "It's named 'Bud's Pride.' He came to the races and supported us and, financially, he supported us."

Two years ago, Julian said her dad noted that he had everything he wanted in life.

"He started a Christmas fund that went to the rowing club," she said. "He wanted everyone to make a contribution to the fund instead of buying Christmas gifts for him. He wanted us survivors to be able to purchase the much-needed equipment."

In April 2005, Julian was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a large lump during a not-so-routine breast self-examination. She said the feeling that "something just wasn't right" inspired the self exam in the young, physically fit woman with no history of breast cancer in her family.

The lump was removed and was determined to be malignant. In fact, Julian was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that does not respond to radiation, chemotherapy or hormone treatments. She underwent a partial mastectomy and is now monitored regularly.

Following her battle with breast cancer, Julian joined a rowing team that was called The Survivors of Westerville Crew, which she said helped her physically, spiritually and emotionally. She said she values the friendships she has formed with the other breast cancer survivors, as well as the physical challenge of rowing itself.

"I guess you feel like once you've faced cancer you can face anything," Julian said. "Amazingly, it gave me confidence."

The team is now called the Breast Cancer Survivor Crew Team and includes breast cancer survivors Julian, of Johnstown; Janet Smith, Julie Klaski and Bobbie Riedel, all of Columbus; Vicki Ballog, Roberta Muren, Kelly Wagner, Jan Thomas and Coach Diana Howell, all of Westerville; Terrie Stolte, Sunbury; Susan Lapp, Dublin; Chris Stakely, Ostrander; Karen Rugg-Klapheke, Lewis Center; Lisa Davis, Sunbury; and Mary Claire Rochte, Powell.

"Dad would go to the races and cheer us on," Julian said. " We could always hear him when we were crossing the finish line yelling 'I am so proud of you girls.' That is how the boat got the name of Bud's Pride."

The benefit for the second boat costs $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight.

Checks or money orders may be made payable to the Central Ohio Rowing Program for Breast Cancer Survivors and mailed to: 5121 Forest Drive, Suite C, New Albany OH 43054.

All proceeds will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Survivor Crew Team.