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Our Mission: To promote a healthy, active lifestyle and provide organized opportunities for physical fitness, wellness education, and psycho-social empowerment among Breast Cancer Survivors and their supporters through the sport of dragon boating.

 

 

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Member Spotlight: Lisette Usborne
Lisette originally hails from “across the pond” but is proud to be a U.S. Citizen, and has lived most of her adult life in the U.S., apart from a 5 year stint in the Cayman Islands. She is also proud of her family of two sons and a daughter (and two dogs), and loves to take her 7 year old daughter to dragon boat races. Her daughter Zhané loves to cheer on the team in her uniform, and gleefully snatches any medals the team has won from her mom and proudly wears them!

Lisette was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to the spine in early 2017. Although her cancer is metastatic, Lisette wants to dispel the horror or pity of others (of being diagnosed Stage IV) because she still feels (mostly) the same, and she wants others to know that it’s not necessarily a death sentence, nothing to fear, it’s just another stage of life. There are now new drugs out there to keep the cancer in check, it can more or less be considered a chronic disease, and life expectancy extends every year as new therapies become available.

Lisette says that she had felt very alone during her original treatment in 2014, she didn’t attend a support group, and it seemed like she was the only one in the world who had cancer and was bald! She says that she feels very lucky to have stumbled across Lighthouse Dragons SOS during her recovery phase.

Lisette says “Being a part of the Lighthouse Dragons SOS (team) has meant so much, being out on the water soothes your soul and the hard work excises your demons, but most of all the acceptance and support of my fellow SOSters is invaluable. It’s hard to describe such a camaraderie, but unless you’re a part of this ‘exclusive’ (survivors only) “club” you may not appreciate the benefit of having team mates who have walked the same walk as you. People can be sympathetic and they can be empathetic, but unless they’ve really been there they just can’t understand how this disease ravages not only your body but also your soul. They call us courageous, they call us fighters, but when we’re together we’re just Lighthouse Dragons – we all have a common experience that binds us together. Competing in races is so much fun, everyone is so encouraging and supportive, just by competing you’re already a winner. Being a part of Lighthouse Dragons has helped me take back my life, regain control and focus, and, with the help of our awesome coaches and captain, strive toward excellence.”

Lisette especially enjoys exploring various small towns in central Florida when attending dragon boat festivals, and is looking forward to the trip to Florence, Italy to attend the “Firenze en Rosa” festival in July, 2018.
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Member Spotlight: Lisette Usborne 
Lisette originally hails from “across the pond” but is proud to be a U.S. Citizen, and has lived most of her adult life in the U.S., apart from a 5 year stint in the Cayman Islands.  She is also proud of her family of two sons and a daughter (and two dogs), and loves to take her 7 year old daughter to dragon boat races.  Her daughter Zhané loves to cheer on the team in her uniform, and gleefully snatches any medals the team has won from her mom and proudly wears them!
 
Lisette was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer to the spine in early 2017.  Although her cancer is metastatic, Lisette wants to dispel the horror or pity of others (of being diagnosed Stage IV) because she still feels (mostly) the same, and she wants others to know that it’s not necessarily a death sentence, nothing to fear, it’s just another stage of life.  There are now new drugs out there to keep the cancer in check, it can more or less be considered a chronic disease, and life expectancy extends every year as new therapies become available.
 
Lisette says that she had felt very alone during her original treatment in 2014, she didn’t attend a support group, and it seemed like she was the only one in the world who had cancer and was bald!  She says that she feels very lucky to have stumbled across Lighthouse Dragons SOS during her recovery phase.
 
Lisette says “Being a part of the Lighthouse Dragons SOS (team) has meant so much, being out on the water soothes your soul and the hard work excises your demons, but most of all the acceptance and support of my fellow SOSters is invaluable.  It’s hard to describe such a camaraderie, but unless you’re a part of this ‘exclusive’ (survivors only) “club” you may not appreciate the benefit of having team mates who have walked the same walk as you.   People can be sympathetic and they can be empathetic, but unless they’ve really been there they just can’t understand how this disease ravages not only your body but also your soul.   They call us courageous, they call us fighters, but when we’re together we’re just Lighthouse Dragons – we all have a common experience that binds us together.  Competing in races is so much fun, everyone is so encouraging and supportive, just by competing you’re already a winner.  Being a part of Lighthouse Dragons has helped me take back my life, regain control and focus, and, with the help of our awesome coaches and captain, strive toward excellence.”
 
Lisette especially enjoys exploring various small towns in central Florida when attending dragon boat festivals, and is looking forward to the trip to Florence, Italy to attend the “Firenze en Rosa” festival in July, 2018.

 

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😍 Love you girl!

Lisette is extremely talented at writing new lyrics to familiar tunes, and gets us all singing and laughing in the boat. Lisette's energy is powerful. I love her so! And little Zhané is the best little team cheerleader ever!! xxxooo!

Love, love, love this profile!! And YOU! 😘❤️🙌

Thats my bench buddy and I love her😘👭

Love your bubbling energy and gift of song, Lisette... so happy to be on this journey with you!! 😄😍😘

Love you, Lisette!💜

Amazing spirit!

Love you Lisette! <3

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5 days ago

Lighthouse Dragons SOS

Wishing all the Dads out there a very Happy Father's Day!
We would like to extend special wishes to some of the fathers on our dragon boat who continue to steer us in the right direction as well as create and maintain our dragon equipment.
Happy Father's day to Jim, Toby and Chris, and to all the wonderful men in our lives who have given so much of their time, support and friendship to our dragons.
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Wishing all the Dads out there a very Happy Fathers Day!
We would like to extend special wishes to some of the fathers on our dragon boat who continue to steer us in the right direction as well as create and maintain our dragon equipment.  
Happy Fathers day to Jim, Toby and Chris, and to all the wonderful men in our lives who have given so much of their time, support and friendship to our dragons.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Happy Father’s Day to these men who often put us first by stepping up to make so many things in our team run smoothly ! We appreciate and love you all bunches and bunches !!!

Happy YOU day, guys!! Our rock stars! 💕

Happy Father's Day, guys!!! You all are the best!!!

Thank you.

Check out the paddlers at our “Introduction to Dragon Boating Event” It was a gorgeous day to be on the water, and learn something new! ... See MoreSee Less

Member Spotlight: Pat Thasan Maher

Pat is a 57-year (soon to be 58 year) resident of Jupiter, FL. Pat is originally from Malaysia. She is a professional geologist and project manager in Juno Beach, FL. She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and strives to share her journey and provide hope and encouragement to those recently diagnosed. Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and underwent a left mastectomy and follow up surgery. Even though the diagnosis was challenging, Pat says that "there were so many blessings in it as I was surrounded by so many caring people who prayed for me, cooked meals filled with TLC for me, and supported and encouraged me in so many different, positive ways. It also taught me to appreciate each day and to live each day to the fullest."
Even though Pat enjoys paddle boards and kayaks on the beautiful waters of Jupiter, dragon boating holds a very special place in her heart, as she is surrounded and inspired by so many empowered survivors and draws strength from this camaraderie and special bond. Together there is nothing that we cannot achieve. "I am grateful for the many blessings in my life and whenever we paddle back in the evenings in our dragonboat past the Jupiter Lighthouse and its welcoming light, it always serves as a beacon in the night welcoming me home."
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Member Spotlight: Pat Thasan Maher

Pat is a 57-year (soon to be 58 year) resident of Jupiter, FL. Pat is originally from Malaysia. She is a professional geologist and project manager in Juno Beach, FL. She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and strives to share her journey and provide hope and encouragement to those recently diagnosed. Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and underwent a left mastectomy and follow up surgery. Even though the diagnosis was challenging, Pat says that there were so many blessings in it as I was surrounded by so many caring people who prayed for me, cooked meals filled with TLC for me, and supported and encouraged me in so many different, positive ways. It also taught me to appreciate each day and to live each day to the fullest.
Even though Pat enjoys paddle boards and kayaks on the beautiful waters of Jupiter, dragon boating holds a very special place in her heart, as she is surrounded and inspired by so many empowered survivors and draws strength from this camaraderie and special bond. Together there is nothing that we cannot achieve. I am grateful for the many blessings in my life and whenever we paddle back in the evenings in our dragonboat past the Jupiter Lighthouse and its welcoming light, it always serves as a beacon in the night welcoming me home.

 

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Yes I agtee, a fitting picture for your bio, Pat. You radiate contentment and serenity. Shine on!

Pat your friendly and outgoing nature and curiosity about life and all its aspects is very inspiring. I am glad I invited you to our first dragonboat practice and see you grow with our team. Stay peaceful and serene!

Such a fitting picture for your bio, Pat! Wonderful💗

Pat is one of our original Dragons, having been with the group from the very first meet up at Jupiter Outdoor Center before we even had a boat or paddles. I am happy to have Pat as one of my roommates for the festival in Florence, Italy. We’ll be spending four days in Rome pre festival. Such blessings!!!

When I see your face, I see peace. So happy we have met through our Dragon team!

Pat, I love being your buddy! I love the way that you are so strong, loving and caring!

You look beautiful, Pat.

💖💕❤💕💖

Beautiful picture, beautiful spirit!

Love. Love.

😍😍😍😍😍😍

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Lighthouse Dragons, Inc.

5500 Military Trail, Suite 22-206, Jupiter, FL 33458

 

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