Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: May 7, 2020

What is Sisters at Heart (SAH)?
SAH is an event held annually the first Saturday in August, the day before the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This event typically brings teams together from the United States and Canada. It is a special day of paddling, camaraderie and a celebration of sisterhood for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams and their supporters. Sisters at Heart takes place on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT and is hosted by Dragonheart Vermont members.

SAH 2020 will be a similar celebration of community, survivorship and fun, held virtually with breast cancer survivors, their teams and their supporters joining us from around the world.

Why is the event virtual this year?
Due to COVID-19, we aim to bring all our participants together while still practicing social distancing. All offerings will be made available via links on our schedule starting August 1.

How much does it cost to register and participate?
The 2020 Virtual Sisters at Heart Celebration is free to all athletes, family and friends!

What are your fundraising requirements and details?
There is no fundraising requirement to register and celebrate with us at Sisters at Heart. The software platform that we use includes a fundraising page for everyone and their teams, but fundraising at this event is not mandatory. Our organization, Dragonheart Vermont, is a non profit and we will gladly accept donations, which will go to further our mission and the work of our pledge partner this year, Integrative Therapies at The University of Vermont Cancer Center. But again, the aim of our Sisters at Heart Celebration is to have fun and celebrate survivorship.

What is included in my registration for this virtual event?

     Athletes:

  • Participation in a distance race, performed at your convenience
  • Paddling/Coaching sessions and other discussions about dragon boat paddling
  • POGA (Paddle Yoga) session
  • The opportunity to share a tribute in honor of a loved one or a message of celebration of survivorship and dragon boat paddling
  • Additional videos and virtual activities TBA
  • Participation in our Flower Ceremony
  • Personal Page to tell your and your team’s story

     Family and Friends:

  • POGA (Paddle Yoga) session
  • The opportunity to share a tribute or a message of celebration to your loved one
  • Additional videos and virtual activities TBA
  • Access to view your athlete in the Flower Ceremony
  • Personal Page you can design to support your athlete

What are the Paddling/Coaching Sessions?
The paddling videos are pre-recorded coaching sessions that are focused on paddling techniques and led by experienced and renowned dragon boat coaches, including 22 Dragons of Canada.

What is POGA and how do I participate?
Grab your paddle, long handle or stick, and yoga mat! POGA (paddle yoga) offers a special twist to yoga, using your paddle and targeting muscles used in dragon boat paddling. The link to “attend” the pre-recorded Paddle Yoga session will be available on our schedule starting August 1. You will be able to participate at your convenience.

How do I submit a tribute or message of celebration?
Using the link provided in your registration confirmation, submit a video selfie to celebrate your survivorship, or why you paddle, or give a shout out to a fellow survivor/loved one. A compilation of tributes and messages will be available for viewing on our schedule by August 1.

What is required for the virtual race?
All you need is a positive, playful, attitude! We are designing the virtual race so that it is fun and collaborative. We’ll be sure the guidelines are easy to follow and that the activity can be completed as part of a team or by individuals.

The quick, easy steps for participation are outlined in the instructions that you will receive upon registration.

What is required for my participation in the flower ceremony?
As a registered athlete, you can submit a video of yourself or a group of teammates tossing flowers into a body of water (be it a river, pond, ocean, stream, kiddie pool, bathtub, bird bath…)

The quick, easy steps for participation are outlined in the instructions that you will receive upon registration.

Can I participate if my breast cancer survivor dragon boat team doesn’t register?
Yes, you may register as an individual representing your dragon boat team!

Will there be medals and winners to the virtual race?
Every participant will receive a 2020 Sisters at Heart Virtual Celebration participatory certificate. Team and individual results will be posted on the website by August 1. Here at SAH, all survivors are winners!

What is the deadline for registration?
We can accept registrations up until the day before our celebration; however, we cannot guarantee that videos or race results submitted after July 15 will be included in the August 1 postings.

What is the deadline to submit the tribute/flower ceremony videos and race results?
Please submit your videos and race results by July 15. The quick, easy steps for participation are outlined in the instructions that you will receive upon registration.

 
 

 

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