Abreast In A Boat

Abreast In A Boat

May 23, 2012 11:00 ET

Abreast In A Boat Is on the Water Again!

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - Yes, there is life after breast cancer, and those who survive this serious disease are proving it through the rigorous sport of dragon boating.

Abreast In A Boat is a group of Metro Vancouver women who are living with breast cancer. Come watch these brave women compete in the False Creek Women's Regatta on May 26, 2012. In addition to racing against other regatta competitors, there will be a special Breast Cancer Challenge Race involving nine breast cancer crews. This race will be held around 11:00 a.m.

The special race will be followed by a flower ceremony - generously sponsored by Scotiabank - where those who have lost their own personal race will be remembered and where we can encourage those in treatment to know there is life after breast cancer.

Last year the Barnet crew won the best costume competition for "Pink Ladies Looking For Green Men". Come down to see what the ladies have up their sleeve this year to trump that one!

Abreast In A Boat started 16 years ago with Dr. Don McKenzie, a physician with the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre in Vancouver. He was determined to find out if breast cancer survivors could enjoy full and active lives without increasing their risk of lymphedema - a painful and incapacitating swelling of the arm and chest area that was thought to be connected to repetitive upper-body movements. Dr. McKenzie's medical study began with one boat of 25 female dragon boaters, and they successfully helped prove his theory was correct.

When the original project ended, Dr. McKenzie thought his job was done. Little did he know that he had awakened what is known as The Dragon Spirit. The courageous women in his study group were not going to put down their paddles quietly. This is when Breast Cancer Dragon Boating began.

Just one year later, Abreast In A Boat was formally launched in 1997 with three boats and more crews developing throughout Metro Vancouver. The Dragon Spirit has spread and today Abreast In A Boat can proudly claim there are more than 150 registered Breast Cancer Dragon Boat organizations throughout the world.

We participate in dragon boat racing to make a difference - to raise awareness about breast cancer and to encourage those living with breast cancer to live full and active lives. Abreast In A Boat is a non-profit society. Our goal is to send a message of hope to people living with this disease and to those who support them. Everyone who has had a breast cancer diagnosis is welcome. The ages of our team range from their early thirties to eighties and we have six crews throughout Metro Vancouver.

Contact Information

  • Abreast In A Boat
    Linda Hopwo
    Co-Chair Communications

    Abreast In A Boat
    Diane Wahl
    Chair, Communications