A special day of paddling, camaraderie and celebration of sisterhood for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams from the US and Canada is normally celebrated the day before the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival.
This year Dragonheart Vermont will not be hosting the Sisters at Heart Day – instead our two breast cancer teams “Sisters” and “Soul Sisters” will be proudly representing the Burlington community and the State of Vermont at the “International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) gathering in Florence, Italy from July 3rd – July 8th, 2018. The IBCPC is “an international organization whose mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness.”
This event created as a “post-operative rehabilitation” was last held in Sarasota, FLA. during 2014. Sarasota saw a 101 breast cancer teams with 3000 participants converge on their city. This year Florence is expected to have 129 breast cancer teams from 17 countries (representation will be from all continents) with 4000 – 5000 folks in attendance. Paddlers are mainly women ranging in age from 20 to 80.
Please join with us in the celebration of this very meaningful and emotional event for our Dragonheart Vermont – Breast Cancer Survivors.
The 2019 Sisters at Heart Celebration will return next year on Saturday, August 3, 2019