Our Sisters at Heart Celebration, 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 Vermont and the Burlington community at the “International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Dragon Boat Festival in Florence, Italy from July 3rd – July 8th, 2018. Our “Sisters” team will also be competing in the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championship in Szeged, Hungary from July 17th – 22nd, 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.” Their international non-competitive participatory festival is held every four years as a celebration of life, camaraderie and survivorship. Paddlers are mainly women ranging in age from 20 to 80.
The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival was last held in Sarasota, FL during October 2014. Sarasota saw 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 (representing all continents) with 4000 – 5000 folks in attendance!
We invite you to join us in celebration this year at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival on August 5, 2018.
The 2019 Sisters at Heart Celebration will return next year on Saturday, August 3, 2019