Festival Mission & History

Festival Mission

The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, presented by Community Bank N.A. in 2019, is a charity dragon boat race event that encourages team effort and community giving to benefit cancer support in our Vermont community.

Our 2018 Pledge Partner

The 2018 LCDBF was excited to help launch a new initiative at the UVM Cancer Center—Integrative Therapies. While cancer therapy has improved cancer outcomes, cancer and its treatment often come with significant challenges. Integrative Therapies at the UVM Cancer Center provides acupuncture, yoga, massage, mindfulness and other therapies to cancer patients and survivors.  These integrative therapies have a proven track record for controlling pain, fatigue and other side effects while improving psychological outlook and quality of life.

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History

In 2006, we decided to share our passion for dragon boating with our community.  The result is The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. It is a labor of love for our Dragonheart team who works year round to make this charity event so amazing.  Thanks to our enthusiastic community, the LCDBF has been a roaring success. Thousands of paddlers experience teamwork at its best. Spectators are entertained and inspired by activities presented at the Waterfront Park and the races on the waters of Lake Champlain. Best of all, we have been fortunate to give back to our community and help those in need.  Through the festival efforts, Dragonheart Vermont has given away over $850,000 in twelve year’s time to cancer-related needs right here in our community. Your fundraising efforts have fueled these amazing results!

Festival Year

Pledge Partner

Donated Amount

Proceeds Allocated for

2006

FAHC Radiation Oncology Dept.

$35,000

Ultrasound machine

2007

Vermont Respite House/Hospice

$40,000

State-of-the art hospital beds & equipment

2008

Cancer Patient Support Program’s Emergency Fund

$90,000

 

Emergency Fund support for cancer survivor’s in need

2009

Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

$110,000

Activities Cabin

2010

Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

$105,000

Activities Cabin

2011

Survivorship NOW

$118,450

Empowering wellness programs for cancer survivors

2012

Survivorship NOW

$100,125

Empowering wellness programs for cancer survivors

2013

Survivorship NOW

$72,500

Empowering wellness programs for cancer survivors

2014

Survivorship NOW

$75,500

Empowering wellness programs for cancer survivors

2015

Survivorship NOW

$72,000

Empowering wellness programs for cancer survivors

2016

Survivorship NOW

$75,000

Empowering wellness programs for cancer survivors

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

UVM Medical Center Physical Therapy Department

$3000

Lymphedema garments to cancer survivors in need to help manage the chronic painful swelling condition known as lymphedema

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Vermont Cancer Survivor Network

$3000

Expansion of their Kindred Connections program with further recruitment and training of cancer survivors in the six VT counties

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Hope Lodge

$2000

Needed supplies for this home-away –from-home for families as loved ones get cancer treatments

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Touch Caring and Cancer Workshops

$2000

Hands-on experiential workshops for cancer patients and their family/friends, at 8 different locations across Northern Vermont

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Vermont Bodhi & Mind

$2160

Private instruction of yoga personalized to breast cancer survivors with physical, mental, and emotional support during their breast cancer journey.

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Young Survivor Network

$500

Funding for a group activity for young cancer survivors under 40 years old.

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Cancer Patient Support Program

$3000

Emergency Fund support for cancer survivor’s in need

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Vermonters Take Action Against Cancer

$2000

Supporting the cancer advocacy coalition whose goals are to help carry out the VT Cancer Plan

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Healing Circles

$2000

Providing funds for empowering activities for cancer survivors in St. Albans

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Central Vermont Medical Center Cancer Support Group

$2000

Providing funds for empowering programs for cancer survivors in Central VT

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Healing Circles

$2000

Providing funds for empowering activities for cancer survivors in St. Albans

2017

Survivorship Disbursement:

Steps to Wellness Yoga Fund

 

$3000

Creation of a yoga program specific for cancer survivors to help with the management of pain

2017

Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

$34,300

Raising funds for an all-purpose dining pavilion for this camp program for children with cancer

2018

Integrative Therapies at The UVM Cancer Center

$53,500

Launching a new therapies program to improve quality of life for cancer patients and survivors