Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region Awards $56,000 to Dragon Boat Breast Cancer Survivor Teams across the Province

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To celebrate that women can lead healthy and active lives after breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region awarded a total of $56,000 to 22 Dragon Boat breast cancer survivor teams in BC for the 2012 season. The region has supported Dragon Boat breast cancer survivor teams since 1997.

To celebrate that women can lead healthy and active lives after breast cancer, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region awarded a total of $56,000 to 22 Dragon Boat breast cancer survivor teams in BC for the 2012 season. The region has supported Dragon Boat breast cancer survivor teams since 1997.

The Dragon Boat movement for breast cancer survivors began in 1996 as the result of a groundbreaking study led by Dr. Don McKenzie, Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. McKenzie set out to investigate the link between upper body exercise and the development of lymphedema in women with breast cancer. Lymphedema is the significant swelling some women experience due to accumulation of fluid in the arm and chest after the removal of lymph nodes for the treatment of breast cancer. Twenty-four women, all with a history of breast cancer, volunteered for Dr. McKenzie’s research project and began training as dragon boaters. At the conclusion of the study, Dr. McKenzie found that despite rigorous repetitive upper-body exercise, which dragon boating required, no new cases of lymphedema occurred and none of the existing cases progressed. In addition, the women who participated showed a marked improvement in both physical and mental health. From this initial project in Vancouver, an international movement of breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat teams has evolved.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region 2012 Dragon Boat grants include:

Abreast in a Boat (7 boats) (Lower Mainland)

Island Breaststrokers (Victoria)

Sunshine Dragons Abreast (Sunshine Coast)    

Abreast of Life (Central Vancouver Island)

Spirit Abreast (Fraser Valley)            

Angels Abreast (Nanaimo)

Bust'N Loose (Kelowna)            

Dragon Divas (Cowichan Valley)

Friends Abreast (Shuswap)            

Abreast in the Rockies (Cranbrook)

Survivorship (South Okanagan)            

Hope Afloat (Comox Valley)

Buoyant Buddies (Vernon)            

Paddling For Life (Powell River)

Kootenay Robusters (Castlegar)            

Rainbow Warriors (Prince Rupert)

Kootenay Rhythm Dragons (Nelson)        

River Spirit (Campbell River)

Northbreast Passage (Prince George)        

Pink Pistons (Shuswap)

Spirit Warriors (Kamloops)             

BraveHearts (Campbell River)

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) works collaboratively with its donors, sponsors and partners to fund, support and advocate for relevant and innovative breast cancer research, meaningful education and awareness programs, early diagnosis and effective treatment, and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer. The BC/Yukon Region of CBCF was established in 1992 to make a difference in breast cancer and breast health for local women living in BC and the Yukon.

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Media Contact:
Sydney Nusbaum
Specialist, Marketing & Communication
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon Region
T: (604) 683.2873 x 237, E: snusbaum(at)cbcf(dot)org

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