Monday, December 22, 2014

Pink Dragons here?

“Chemo Sabe,” “Rowbust,” and “Survivor Thrivers!”
If these sound like rather odd names for dragon boat teams, it’s because the common factor that unites them is “cancer.”

Recent medical research now indicates upper-body exercise can be greatly beneficial to women recovering from breast cancer.
The International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission, a worldwide organization, hosts a Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota, Fla. and last year there were more than 3,000 participants.
In co-operation, the local Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival is hoping to raise a team of cancer survivors, families, and friends this year to participate in here on Saturday Aug. 9.
Dragon boat paddling for breast cancer survivors was started in 1996 by Canadian Dr. Don McKenzie, who wanted to prove that the exercise from paddling could have benefits for breast cancer survivors.
“The mission of a breast cancer dragon boat team is to offer a chance to recover from breast cancer and regain their passion, to regain their confidence—to take them from being a survivor to a thriver,” states the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission website
Locally, Jennifer Horton of Curvy Chick is hoping to raise a crew of survivors, friends, and family to participate in our Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Aug. 9 at the Sorting Gap Marina.
She’s happy to bring this opportunity to improve the health and well-being to the people of our communities.
Contact her at Curvy Chick at 306 Scott St. (270-6859) or call the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office (274-5773).

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