'To see all of these breast cancer survivors come together to support one another, exercise and compete is a true testament to the sisterhood that is survivorhood,' said breast cancer survivor and Orlando Warriors on Water member Michelle Hartog.
SARASOTA, Fla. (PRWEB) August 07, 2014
More than 100 breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers representing seven Florida cities, will meet at Nathan Benderson Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Paddle Day. This event includes a day of racing, coaching, exercise instruction and seminars on paddling techniques, nutrition and wellness.
This is the first Paddle Day event for the breast cancer survivor teams in Florida to join together as a group for clinics and competition.
Following the day of racing and seminars, a reception for the pink paddlers will be held at In the Pink, 1727 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. In the Pink is a new non-profit dedicated to helping survivors deal with the effects of breast cancer.
Paddle Day is a preview and prep race for the 2014 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Dragon Boat Festival taking place Oct. 24-26 at Nathan Benderson Park, where more than 100 teams, 3,000 breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers and supporters representing more than 10 countries will converge and compete.
When Tampa’s Pink Dragon Ladies and Miami’s Save Our Sisters teams bid to host the 2014 IBCPC festival, one of their objectives was to increase the amount of breast cancer survivor teams in Florida. The goal was to establish 10 teams by the 10th anniversary of breast cancer survivor dragon boating in the state.
The Paddle Day will feature seven teams from across the state of Florida, including representatives from Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Tampa. Each dragon boat team typically includes between 18 and 23 breast cancer survivors.
“We are eager to participate in the August medley to prepare for the IBCPC event in October,” said breast cancer survivor and Orlando Warriors on Water member Michelle Hartog. “To see all of these breast cancer survivors come together to support one another, exercise and compete is a true testament to the sisterhood that is survivorhood.”
Warriors on Water is sponsored by the Bougainvillea Clinique, the premier destination for women looking to naturally and scarlessly reconstruct their breasts after breast cancer. In 2012, Warriors on Water won its division at the annual Great White North Dragon Boat Races.
The IBCPC event is the largest International Sporting event to date at Nathan Benderson Park. The IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival is held every four years, and this is the first time the event has occurred in the U.S. The 2014 event is hosted by two Florida breast cancer survivor teams, The Pink Dragon Ladies of Tampa and Save Our Sisters of Miami.
For more information on the Aug. 9 event or the October festival, contact Kim Bonomo at 305-776-5016 or by email at kkbonomo(at)aol(dot)com or Angela Long at along4usa(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone at 941-232-3470.