Surviving breast cancer makes someone pretty tough. Continuing to stay healthy and prevent recurrence takes perseverance and encouragement. The members of Dragon Boat Charleston’s Paddles and Pearls team understand this, and they walk the walk – or paddle the paddle – every week. In fact, they are paddling their way to an International event where they will represent Charleston in July.

The IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival is held every four years under the auspices of the International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission. The Festival is an international non-competitive participatory event targeting Breast Cancer Survivors teams who engage in Dragon Boat activities as post-operative rehabilitation. Born from the idea of a Canadian sports medicine physician, Doctor Don McKenzie about twenty years ago, Dragon Boat paddling has become a rehabilitation therapy for tens of thousands of men and women worldwide, who have undergone surgery. For the first time since its institution in 2005, the IBCPC FESTIVAL will be held in Europe – in Italy. The Florence 2018 Festival will involve 129 teams from 17 countries, and for the very first time ALL the continents are represented.

To help fund their trip, the 45-member team has been busy with fundraising in the last six months and continues to work hard. Anyone interested in supporting their efforts are welcome to do so by sending a donation to: 1643 Savannah Highway Box 261 Charleston SC 29407 or by attending an upcoming event.

What: Sunset on the Creek (Shem Creek at Coastal Expeditions)

When: Thursday, May 17 from 5:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100.00 per person (includes music, hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and choice of water activity)

Press are invited to attend this event. Please contact Amy Brennan for credentials.

Dragon Boat Charleston is a Charleston-based nonprofit organization. Its mission is to promote the physical and mental health of cancer survivors and their community through the sport of dragon boating. The vision is to redefine cancer survivorship.

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