Festival Mission & History

Festival Mission

The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, presented by Community Bank N.A. in 2022, is a charity fundraiser where all funds raised support Dragonheart Vermont (DHVT) (a non-profit breast cancer wellness organization) and its Pledge Partner (an annually designated wellness and cancer-related local organization). All funds stay local!

Our 2022 Pledge Partner

This 2022 Pledge Partner was the Cancer Patient Support Foundation, specifically their Emergency Fund. They were our Pledge Partner in 2008, 2021, and 2022 as we strongly value their services and their ability to support all Vermont cancer patients in financial crisis due to their illness. 

Hear their message of hope and inspiration in this video.


Nearly a third of Vermont’s cancer patients who receive support from the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) have breast cancer. The Cancer Patient Support Foundation’s goal is to make sure that patients know they are not alone, that they have access to treatment, and that their basic needs are met. The mission of the Cancer Patient Support Foundation is to serve Vermont cancer patients and their families in a time of extraordinary need by providing financial assistance and support during diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

The Emergency Fund is CPSF’s largest program. The Emergency Fund provides financial support for local cancer patients and their families while they are in treatment. Funds are used to help families access medical care such as medical co-pays and deductibles, procedures not covered by insurance, integrative health offerings, and prescriptions. In addition, this fund helps families with their most basic needs including everything from transportation cost associated with treatment, to prescriptions, integrative medical procedures, housing, home heating, food, durable medical equipment, therapy, and childcare. Many patients delay life-saving treatment simply due to the inability to pay for gas to get to the hospital. Of those supported by the Emergency Fund in 2021, over 150 were breast cancer patients. Though the Emergency Fund supports all cancer types, breast cancer always has the highest number of patients that we support.

We are currently seeking applications for our 2023 Pledge Partner designation.

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 $1.1 million in sixteen years’ 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

2019

McClure Miller Respite House

$32,000

Establishing a “Care Fund” for improve access to care regardless of ability to pay

2020

Integrative Therapies at the UVMMC Cancer Center

$15,000

Cancer continues during COVID and so does our support

2020

Vermont Cancer Support Network

$5,000

Cancer continues during COVID and so does our support

2021

Cancer Patient Support Foundation

$23,261

Emergency Fund

2022

Cancer Patient Support Foundation

$33,739

Emergency Fund