The CBC, that wonderful source of info for Canadians, has posted an article that describes some of the research that is going on to see if exercise prevents cancer. The article mentions how breast cancer survivors were to do little physical exertion and how that idea has changed. And… the article is highlighted with dragon boating!!!
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Thanks Stephen for finding the article. I have known the breast cancer paddlers since 1997, when I first met the Abreast in a Boat team at Alcan Dragon Boat Festival that year. It was very heartening for me to meet them, since I am a survivor of a grapefruit sized cancer tumor that was behind my breast bone in 1989. The real great thing about the breast cancer dragon boat teams, is also the positive effect that the team bonding plays, similarly to social support groups for cancer patients. While I was studying Health and Sport Psychology at Simon Fraser University, I had always thought that this would make a good research topic. The women I meet are very positive despite sometimes losing their team mates to cancer remissions. I regulary recieve greetings and hugs from paddlers such as Deb, Debbie, Judy Letawski and Coro.
The Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team has also had a number of non-breast cancer paddlers over the years. Past years have also included a quadripeligic drummer, a paddler with multiple schlerosis, as well as paddlers with depression. To join check out our GHFC dragon boat team information page