Lighthouse Dragons


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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We are extremely proud of our team members Pat Thasan and Kelly Seitz who were chosen as Susan G. Komen South Florida Pink Warriors. Here they are getting ready for their photo shoot looking very glamorous! ... See MoreSee Less

We are extremely proud of our team members Pat Thasan and Kelly Seitz who were chosen as Susan G. Komen South Florida Pink Warriors. Here they are getting ready for their photo shoot looking very glamorous!

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A poem for all of the brave women who have fought for their lives and chose to celebrate life with a paddle...

IN THE ARENA
“It is not the critic who counts;
not the woman who points out how the strong woman stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
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The credit belongs to the woman who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
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but she who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
who spends herself in a worthy cause;
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who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that her place shall never be with those cold and
timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
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Thank you Jupiter Medical Center for hosting this fabulous Pink Chair Painting Party, and Lighthouse Art Center for the wonderful space and creative guidance. Pink chairs are all being painted by local Breast Cancer Survivors and will be on display all throughout the community during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. #PinkChairProject #BreastCancerAwareness ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Dragons were well represented and had lots of tun at last night's American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Event for Martin County. ... See MoreSee Less

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Three years ago our friend and team mate Crystal Dawn represented our Dragon Boat team at the Roger Dean Stadium by throwing out the first pitch of the game. Crystal’s smile and passion for life was contagious, inspiring each of us to make every moment count. Crystal was only with us a short time before she passed at but her memory will be in our hearts forever.
Crystal Dawn Jurek
SEPTEMBER 19, 1976 – NOVEMBER 4, 2016
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Three years ago our friend and team mate Crystal Dawn represented our Dragon Boat team at the Roger Dean Stadium by throwing out the first pitch of the game. Crystal’s smile and passion for life was contagious, inspiring each of us to make every moment count. Crystal was only with us a short time before she passed at but her memory will be in our hearts forever. 
Crystal Dawn Jurek
SEPTEMBER 19, 1976 – NOVEMBER 4, 2016

 

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Carrying the torch 🔥 for the departed

So sorry for your loss. Survivors in Sync

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Awesome “Mellow Monday” paddle - with an added bonus of meeting Jay and his adorable therapy dogs from Paws for Compassion 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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It was a fabulous night on the water, we were thrilled to make new friends and meet Jay and his dogs! Great fun!

So fun! Thank you all!

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Our dragons just can't get enough of the water! After three practices on the dragon boats this week in Jupiter,, they are paddling again today at the St Lucie Inlet Preserve. Our dragons are always having fun! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Nice! Looks like you all had a great day! 🌞

Can’t wait to join you on Saturday

#flameon #lighthousedragons

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Such a beautiful evening paddle tonight - Coach Kim Swan and Steer Cynde Flora did a great job with race practices and endurance drills. Paddles up! ... See MoreSee Less

Such a beautiful evening paddle tonight - Coach Kim Swan and Steer Cynde Flora did a great job with race practices and endurance drills. Paddles up!Image attachment

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Our Lighthouse Dragons team mate Susan D demonstrates some very basic commands and techniques on this video that was produced to help our newest BCS sisters in Cartagena, Colombia.

Dragon Boat Colombia
En el Dragon Boat , ilustrado por una amiga para todas aquellas que quieran aprender lo basico
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Way to go BCS Columbia and our very own Susan Deacon!!

Nice job Susan Deacon

Great info!

Way to go, Susan Deacon! 👍🏻

Awesome Susan Deacon!!!😎🐉

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Such an awesome Monday night paddle with Laura Ham doing a great job as practice leader and Reina Ramos as steer 🙂. We had a few terrific newbies and all enjoyed the evening! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thanks everyone it was great night out on the water

Beautiful evening on the water. Thanks all!♥️

Nice!

#pinkpowergals💪

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Finding your way through a cancer journey is a tough process. One that spends a lot of time focusing on healing your body and may not leave enough time to spend on caring for your mind. Journaling is a great way to take care of your mind and soul through a difficult time. There are so many ways to journal and no way is wrong. You can try art journaling, gratitude journaling or even steam-of-conscious writing where you essentially just write down everything and anything that comes to mind, unstructured and uninhibited. Take time to express your emotions in a healthy and constructive way to aid in your healing process. If you find journaling leaves you more upset than relived please seek professional help through a social worker or healthcare professional. bit.ly/JMCCancerCare ... See MoreSee Less

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Huge turnout for our Introduction to Dragon Boating session today. The dragons are on fire 🔥🐉 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Looking like fun. One Saturday in September I will visit

Great morning!!! Felt awesome! Needed my dragon fix.

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Expanding our horizons on Outrigger Canoes, aka OC's. Thank you to Lanakila Iki Outrigger Club for extending the opportunity to our dragons to learn more about OC paddling! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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What a great experience and fun day! So glad I was able to learn about and try out OC paddling. Really great group - knowledgeable, friendly, and patient!

Let me know when u go again

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Sharing our story with the community National Night out at Roger Dean Stadium. ... See MoreSee Less

Sharing our story with the community National Night out at Roger Dean Stadium.Image attachment

 

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Great job ladies !!!

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Thank you for photos taken from Guanabana’s, Linda Brown! ... See MoreSee Less

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Mellow Monday Night Paddle! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great paddle. Thanks all♥️

Loved the mellow Monday. Good endurance. 😁

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Has it really been one month already?#OnThisDay one month ago: the opening ceremony of #FlorenceBCS2018 💕 tag yourself if you were there!

📸 Antonella Tomassi
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Has it really been one month already?

 

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#tuffgalswearpink

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August 5th | National Friendship Day

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love - Hubert H. Humphrey
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Two boatloads of fun today!
Sunrise individual skills training before we launched, then off to a great practice. Skills, drills, thrills, we had it all today!
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Great pictures! Beautiful morning and practice!

Awesome photos!! Miss you all in the boat!

Great pictures and we had a great practice!!☀️🐉

This spectacular view is totally worth getting up early on a Saturday! If you’d like to try dragon boating we have a beginner’s practice next Saturday (Aug 11th). No experience required!
Thank you Colleen H for this fabulous photo!
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This spectacular view is totally worth getting up early on a Saturday! If you’d like to try dragon boating we have a beginner’s practice next Saturday (Aug 11th). No experience required!
Thank you Colleen H for this fabulous photo!

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PBC Parks and Recreation
“Rowing towards the sunset,” #LoveFL views in #ThePalmBeaches at #pbcparks! — at Burt Reynolds Park
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Two boats out this morning after a night filled with storms that lasted close to launch time. But the weather cleared and we had a fabulous practice led by our two awesome coaches. And it’s always fun to catch up after practice for breakfast, team talk and hugs. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great practice today. Everyone paddling hard. So glad we are not losing our one and only Kimmie

Great pictures. Fantastic paddle and meeting! 🛶🙂🛶

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Thank you Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute for your support and sponsorship!- Eleanor Roosevelt ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute for your support and sponsorship!

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Our dragons taking some fabulous detours along the way. Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival!
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of it's kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime.
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.
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I love it....you all are really taking advantage of this trip over the pond!!

Love following all of you!

Have a great time ladies!!

A diagnosis of breast cancer when caught early, can improve long term survival in most cases. But what happens when years later, the cancer reappears in other parts of our body? That is called Metastatic Disease, and it is, in fact Stage IV Breast Cancer, and although there are many treatment options out there, currently this is no cure.
So when our team mates, Debbie in late 2015 and Lisette in early 2017, had to face the fact that their cancer spread past their breast and into their bones and other parts of their body, needless to say they were terrified.
In March 2016, Debbie participated in a dragon boat race with 7 breast cancer survivor teams, and met several women who were not only still living, but thriving and paddling, 5,10 or even 15 years past their Stage IV diagnosis, and it gave her hope! And when her team mate Lisette was also diagnosed a year later, it wasn't so scary for her. Says Lisette "Because I have Debbie walking this path with me, and she was diagnosed one year before me, it's not so scary for me, it 'normalizes' it for me, and gives me a peer and someone who can really empathize and understand."
So now here are Lisette and Debbie walking the path together along the Arno River in Florence, Italy getting ready to paddle in the largest women's sporting event in the world, and one dedicated to inspiring women just like them, Breast Cancer Thrivers!

Photo: Courtesy of Ravi Brammer
Getting to Italy courtesy of a great support system, fabulous medical teams and our relentless positive attitude.
"Never Stop Trying. Never Stop Believing. Never Give Up!"

Jupiter Medical Center Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy
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A diagnosis of breast cancer when caught early, can improve long term survival in most cases. But what happens when years later, the cancer reappears in other parts of our body? That is called Metastatic Disease, and it is, in fact Stage IV Breast Cancer, and although there are many treatment options out there, currently this is no cure. 
So when our team mates, Debbie in late 2015 and Lisette in early 2017, had to face the fact that their cancer spread past their breast and into their bones and other parts of their body, needless to say they were terrified. 
In March 2016, Debbie participated in a dragon boat race with 7 breast cancer survivor teams, and met several women who were not only still living, but thriving and paddling, 5,10 or even 15 years past their Stage IV diagnosis, and it gave her hope! And when her team mate Lisette was also diagnosed a year later, it wasnt so scary for her. Says Lisette Because I have Debbie walking this path with me, and she was diagnosed one year before me, its not so scary for me, it normalizes it for me, and gives me a peer and someone who can really empathize and understand.
So now here are Lisette and Debbie walking the path together along the Arno River in Florence, Italy getting ready to paddle in the largest womens sporting event in the world, and one dedicated to inspiring women just like them, Breast Cancer Thrivers! 

Photo: Courtesy of Ravi Brammer
Getting to Italy courtesy of a great support system, fabulous medical teams and our relentless positive attitude. 
Never Stop Trying. Never Stop Believing. Never Give Up!

Jupiter Medical Center Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy

 

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Love the story of your journey together. Such an inspiration to all of us. Love my bench buddy Lisette❤️😎

wish I knew who their Drs are.:)

These ladies are my inspiration to live my best life each and every day without exception!

Outstanding courage. Your lives provide inspiration that gives me pause. Makes me count my every blessing , salute you and of course, add You to my daily prayer intentions. Paddles up, strong women!

Truly inspirational! Debbie has been there for me & so many others & we all appreciate her!! You go girls - you’re both amazing, as are all of your Dragon Boat sisters!!💕💕

You are both so inspirational to me. Thanks. I love you.

Never give up, never stop trying. I salute you ladies xxx

I am sharing this incredible post on oceans of pink.

What a wonderful story! I am delighted to have been part of the whole Florence dream, as one of the Lagan Dragons team from Northern Ireland. Go, girls!

Just love your zest for life which is so precious when in a battle such as yours, sending oodles of love and admiration to you all xx

You both are such an inspiration ❤️❤️

LOVE you lady warriors!!! 😘💃

Love you Lisette, keep fighting and smiling. Xx good luck ladies xx

Two awesome ladies!!♥️♥️

True princess warriors.

Amazing, fabulous, strong wonderful ladies 💙🌎

Wishing you the best 👏👏👏

Sharing such an amazing journey is a great gift. Thanks blessings and love🙏🏼👏🏼💕

Your all so strong and amazing ladies! God bless everything single one of you.

I am very happy to see you both in Florence.

You both inspire us all. Love. Love. 💕💕💕

Amazing women

Love you Lisette Usborne!!! So glad you have this wonderful support!!!!

Such amazing ladies love to all xx

Love you 😘 ladies

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United we paddle (Lighthouse Dragons SOS & Heart & Soul) race pictures from Race 2 where we won our heat in the 500 meter race. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Fantastic 2 teams in one = major winners!!!! 🐉🐉🐉

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Taste and See South Florida
Here are some things you probably didn't know about the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.
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My favorite place. Been going there since I was a little girl. Don't know if I can make it up those stairs now, though.

Fran McGill, we miss Ocean Trail and the lighthouse. Thanks for posting this.

KatelynWilson.

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Congratulations to Knot A Breast! For the third successive time, the Hamilton-based Knot A Breast team has won the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission's International Festival. Well done!
And Congratulations to all the teams who participated in this historic event, we are all winners!
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Great to see you Debbie Brooks and Toby Cline!!!! Great pics!!!!!!🐲❤️💫

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One of the pictures taken by our team photographer Ravi Brammer that captures the true spirit of the IBCPC Festival. Captain Debbie Brooks greeting a member of Survivors in Sync of Sarasota, Florida on practice day. ... See MoreSee Less

One of the pictures taken by our team photographer Ravi Brammer that captures the true spirit of the IBCPC Festival. Captain Debbie Brooks greeting a member of Survivors in Sync of Sarasota, Florida on practice day.

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An absolutely inspiring weekend of sisterhood, strength and hope. As our dragons slowly return to Jupiter, we bring back home many wonderful memories and a strong desire to share what we have learned from all of our individual experiences. Our stories, photos and videos are slowly coming in and we hope you will enjoy them as they are posted.

2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy
We miss you already 🌷
Yesterday was so touching, we can't find any word, just "Thank You"

#FlorenceBCS2018
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These rescue dogs were amazing!Dogs are our best friends, mostly when we need help!🐕

Today we watched a particular show: the #DogRescue demonstration and we loved it! 😍

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I need!!!!!!🙊💫❤️

Now that's paddling

On some teams there is always someone who is late on race day, but that’s never happened to Lighthouse Dragons, until now. Wait until you hear what Marla Ostrower Friedman had to do to get to the race on Saturday morning. That is total dedication and perseverance!
Marla made it to the venue with plenty of time to spare before marshaling, so great job Marla for giving it your all for your Lighthouse Dragons team!
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What an adventure!! Wow!

Marla Ostrower Friedman I loved hearing your story. That was simply amazing and shear determination on your part. So very glad you made it.

So glad you made it. What an amazing adventure! (and nerve racking)

Wow, what an amazing story!!! #NeverGiveUp

That’s Marla. And then they won the race.

Now that's dedication!

Wow! That is amazing!

Amazing!!

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Our dragons taking some fabulous detours along the way. Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival!
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of it's kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime.
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.
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Lighthouse Dragons and Heart & Soul, United We Paddle, official standings are in! We placed 21 out of 125 teams. Great teamwork and fabulous sisterhood made this happen!
But we didn’t do it alone, as each and every single one of you on our teams played a role, by showing up for training practice, by supporting us, by cheering us on from home. Thank you to all our team mates!
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Lighthouse Dragons and Heart & Soul, United We Paddle, official standings are in! We placed 21 out of 125 teams. Great teamwork and fabulous sisterhood made this happen!
But we didn’t do it alone, as each and every single one of you on our teams played a role, by showing up for training practice, by supporting  us, by cheering us on from home. Thank you to all our team mates!

 

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Where are the full results?

Congratulations. Well done it was great to meet everyone and to take part. Can you tell me where to get the full list of results?

Best medal ever!
As a participatory event, we all get one. Because as Dr. Don McKenzie is famous for saying, “Our race is to the start line” We are all winners for being here!
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Best medal ever!
As a participatory event, we all get one. Because as Dr. Don McKenzie is famous for saying, “Our race is to the start line” We are all winners for being here!

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🍾🍾 congrats ladies. Yall rock.

awesome guys!!

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United We Paddle!
125 teams from 19 countries coming together. It was an amazing time for over 4,000 breast cancer survivors and their supporters. And as we depart to return to our home countries, we will bring with us incredible memories and forever friends.
We are forever grateful to our supporters and sponsors, without whom this could not have been possible. Our heartfelt gratitude to Jupiter Medical Center and Florida Cancer Specialists for their sponsorship and Jupiter Outdoor Center for providing us with a fabulous venue in which to train. And to all our friends and family who have stood by us through our cancer journey 💕 and cheered us on all the way to Italy!
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United We Paddle! 
125 teams from 19 countries coming together. It was an amazing time for over 4,000 breast cancer survivors and their supporters. And as we depart to return to our home countries, we will bring with us incredible memories and forever friends.
We are forever grateful to our supporters and sponsors, without whom this could not have been possible. Our heartfelt gratitude to Jupiter Medical Center and Florida Cancer Specialists for their sponsorship and Jupiter Outdoor Center for providing us with a fabulous venue in which to train. And to all our friends and family who have stood by us through our cancer journey 💕 and cheered us on all the way to Italy!Image attachment

 

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rock the boat!

#tuffgalswearpink

More!!! Can’t get enough 🐉🇮🇪🐉
Look for our Pink Flamingo Robin Timmer Rogers in the parade!

The Florentine
On July 6, the Pink Parade, part of the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, took to the streets of Florence. Hundreds of paddling teams made up of breast cancer survivors are competing on the Arno river this weekend. It's the first time the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival has been held in Europe, welcoming teams from as far as Taiwan and New Zealand.

Follow the 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy Facebook page for more information.
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Saw Robin!!! Woot woot girl 💕🐉👍

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Relive the incredible moments of the second day of races, the Sandy Smith Global Finale, the BCS Flower ceremony and the Closing Ceremony! Photo credits - Studio SAB ... See MoreSee Less

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We are stronger than we ever imagined, and together we can accomplish anything!

2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy
Be fierce, be strong, be a pink paddler!

Yesterday was just emotions, strength and power: relive them!
#FlorenceBCS2018

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Together we can make a choice, a choice to believe and to never give up!

2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy
We are the proof that Together we can do it!

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This is recognized as the largest women’s athletic event in the world, thousands of breast cancer survivors from over 120 teams representing dozens of countries gathered together. Over 22 years ago it began with a quest to prove that we can do this, with a few brave breast cancer survivors in Vancouver. As a composite team along with our sisters from Heart & Soul of Melbourne Florida we called ourselves United We Paddle and raced them yesterday. It was a close race, but we came in first, WOW! Then today we raced together again in the same heat and they paddled first through the finish line. Congratulations, A Breast in a Boat, and to all of the 4,000 women who participated in this amazing event! This video is of the last race, and we are all so proud of our survivors and all they have accomplished here in Florence, and back at home in Jupiter. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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That’s amazing. Pam said you beat their boat by .1 of a second 👍

So happy you are loving this relatively new (to you) sport and friendships.

Wow what an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing loving it

Congratulations Ladies

Amazing!! Thank you for sharing your trip, and the journey! ❤️❤️

So excited for you and your team! Have a great trip!

What an honor and accomplishment! So happy that you got to experience this!

What an awesome event for a group of incredibly strong women. 💜👍❤️🐉

Amazing accomplishment to all!!

So incredible Good!!

So proud of you guys!!!! 🐉💗

Wow!! That is so awesome!!

Wow!! So proud of all!!💕💕💕

Fun experience!

Fantastic!!!

Congraulations 🐲

So cool🐉

👏👏👏👏👏👏

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While some of our BCS sisters are racing in Florence, our team mates back home in Jupiter are paddling in true Italian spirit, supporting each other! ... See MoreSee Less

While some of our BCS sisters are racing in Florence, our team mates back home in Jupiter are paddling in true Italian spirit, supporting each other!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Awesome first day of dragon boat racing in Florence! Our crew looked incredibly strong on the water today while on the shore shared hugs, stories and trading pins with breast cancer survivors from all over the world. Our dragons are resting now, getting ready for a fresh start for tomorrow’s race. Stay tuned for more photos! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Fantastic, Betsy! Keep us posted and keep the photos coming!! Buona notte!

You all are doing great. Fabulous memories and relationships being made! Rest well and we'll be watching out for you all tomorrow!! <3

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Some pictures from yesterday’s PINK PARADE of NATIONS in Florence. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Looks like a grand time!

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Watch us live!
Our team’s first race today is 11:40am (Italy time) adjust to your time zone and cheer us on 🇮🇪🐉🇺🇸Ready or Not?

You can follow all the competition results LIVE here: www.eventsentries.com/ev4/4g_contenitore.asp

#FlorenceBCS2018
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Watch us live! 
Our team’s first race today is 11:40am (Italy time) adjust to your time zone and cheer us on 🇮🇪🐉🇺🇸

 

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Way to go!! Keep up the good work!

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2018 IBCPC Congress meeting was held at the magnificent Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazzale della Signoria. Representatives from dozens of countries in attendance at this historic venue. Including our very own representatives from Lighthouse Dragons. Another great speech by our founding father, Dr. Don MacKenzie who, over20 years ago proved to us all we are capable of anything together as survivors! ... See MoreSee Less

2018 IBCPC Congress meeting was held at the magnificent Salone dei Cinquecento  in the Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazzale della Signoria. Representatives from dozens of countries in attendance at this historic venue. Including our very own representatives from Lighthouse Dragons. Another great speech by our founding father, Dr. Don MacKenzie who, over20 years ago proved to us all we are capable of anything together as survivors!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Inspiring survivors.. . .. incredible xxx

Hi Debbie Brooks

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Our practice session in Florence this morning was fabulous. Paddling on the Arno River feeling strong and alive, we are ready to race! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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This is so amazing, beautiful and inspiring!! Enjoy every bit of it!! Love you all! 💜🐉🇺🇸💕

So proud of you girls!!!

Once in a lifetime event enjoy teammates 💕

Win that medal!!

#rowpinkstrong🚣

Exciting times! Enjoy every second.

Ciao! Enjoy my beautiful country! 💕🇮🇹

Best wishes

Go girls go I know you can do it🤗😀😃😀🤔😍

You ROCK!!!

Cool stuff!

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Our dragons taking some fabulous detours along the way. Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival!
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of it's kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime.
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.
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And the last of group of dragons are on their way! Andiamo 🇮🇪 ... See MoreSee Less

And the last of group of dragons are on their way! Andiamo 🇮🇪

 

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Rock on!!! So cool to see everyone’s photos - I feel like I’m definitely with you all in spirit! 🐉❤️🎉

Safe travels, have fun and share photos! 💕💞💕

This is so great! Keep sharing the pics! Safe travels!

Hi you all!! Have a great trip!!

Safe travels ❤️.

I knew you could do it Debbie Brooks And you did it 😇😇

Safe travels!!!

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Betsy and Dan enjoying Lisbon on the way to Florence - beautiful city 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

Betsy and Dan enjoying Lisbon on the way to Florence - beautiful city 😊

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Lisa, Maritsa and Catalina passing through Madrid on their way to Florence. ... See MoreSee Less

Lisa, Maritsa and Catalina passing through Madrid on their way to Florence.

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Lighthouse Dragons paddler spotted at the Colosseum!

 

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Lighthouse Dragons are on their way! Andiamo 🇮🇹Discover the event, the schedule and the venue of the 2018 IBCPC PARTICIPATORY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL | FLORENCE JULY 6-8, 2018:
www.florencebcs2018.org/
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Lighthouse Dragons are on their way! Andiamo 🇮🇹

 

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Good luck, have fun and safe travels!!

Best wishes and safe travels

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Laura is enjoying her walking tour of the Roman Forum.

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Our dragons taking some fabulous detours along the way. Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival!
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of it's kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime.
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.
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Our dragons taking some fabulous detours along the way. Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival! 
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of its kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime. 
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.Image attachment

 

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I love it....you all are really taking advantage of this trip over the pond!!

Love following all of you!

Have a great time ladies!!

Member Spotlight: Monica Manolas
Monica is a five year breast cancer survivor and joined Lighthouse Dragons in February of this year. She is so happy
to be a part of this sisterhood of survivors and supporters and never feels better than on the water and feeling powerful paddling. Monica had a rare form of triple negative breast cancer called metaplastic breast cancer. This form of the cancer is very aggressive and doesn’t respond to most treatment options, even chemotherapy. She finished treatment and decided to begin living her life to the fullest once again. At five years with no evidence of disease, she has beat the odds and feels grateful to have that chapter behind her.She saw a posting at her oncologist’s office and promised she would join just as soon as she finished her third master’s degree program in May 2018. But when she and her friend Lezlie talked about it during a river cruise through Europe last fall, they both vowed to join in the new year and they did! Monica enjoys Dragon boating only second to spending time on the water with her husband and two teenaged sons in Singer Island. She works as a Vice President of Cement Sales for CEMEX, one of the world’s largest construction materials companies. She has an engineering degree, and MBA and just received a Master of Jurisprudence from Tulane Law School. She is very excited to paddle in her first race this fall.
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Member Spotlight: Monica Manolas 
Monica is a five year breast cancer survivor and joined Lighthouse Dragons in February of this year. She is so happy
to be a part of this sisterhood of survivors and supporters and never feels better than on the water and feeling powerful paddling. Monica had a rare form of triple negative breast cancer called metaplastic breast cancer. This form of the cancer is very aggressive and doesn’t respond to most treatment options, even chemotherapy. She finished treatment and decided to begin living her life to the fullest once again. At five years with no evidence of disease, she has beat the odds and feels grateful to have that chapter behind her.She saw a posting at her oncologist’s office and promised she would join just as soon as she finished her third master’s degree program in May 2018. But when she and her friend Lezlie talked about it during a river cruise through Europe last fall, they both vowed to join in the new year and they did! Monica enjoys Dragon boating only second to spending time on the water with her husband and two teenaged sons in Singer Island. She works as a Vice President of Cement Sales for CEMEX, one of the world’s largest construction materials companies. She has an engineering degree, and MBA and just received a Master of Jurisprudence from Tulane Law School. She is very excited to paddle in her first race this fall.

 

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What an amazing woman with such great accomplishments. So thankful to be surrounded by such inspiring women. 💜

So proud to call you my teammate. You are awesome, Monica! With you on our team, we’re going to rack up some medals!! ❤️❤️❤️

So happy to have you on the Team, Monica! Always smiling, positive and inspiring! <3

A true princess warrior!

My fellow triple negative survivor!! So glad you joined us! 😘❤️🙌

I love reading all these survivor stories. It gives everyone hope & teaches us to live each day to the fullest.

I love these stories! Please keep sharing them!

GO MONICA!!! XO

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Marla has taken off and she’s bringing her entire family! ... See MoreSee Less

Marla has taken off and she’s bringing her entire family!

 

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Safe travels! Have fun!

Safe travels....see you soon.

Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival!
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of it's kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime.
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.
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Our dragons taking some fabulous detours along the way. Each of us has a unique story and each has traveled a different path to become a Lighthouse Dragon. Our breast cancer journey led us to one another, to a place where we find sisterhood and wellness and now we are embarking on this incredible adventure to Florence, Italy to paddle in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival!
Like our breast cancer journey, many of us will be taking a different path to get to the festival, so many exciting adventures along the way. For most of us this will be the first festival of it's kind, for many of us trip abroad, and for all of us we will be making memories to last a lifetime.
Over the next few days we will be arriving in Florence, but along the way, there are many paths to get there.
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I love it....you all are really taking advantage of this trip over the pond!!

Love following all of you!

Have a great time ladies!!

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Great practice session on a beautiful but steamy early morning. Two boats out, and for some of us, it was our last practice before we leave for Florence, Italy to join some of our team mates who are already in transit. Race practice in one boat, while others focused on skills and drills and some other fun paddling techniques. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great day today on the water, two boats filled with happy dragons, each working hard and getting stronger together. 2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival, Florence Italy we are ready!

Member Spotlight: Peggy Horvath
Peggy is a retired Office Manager/Bookkeeper originally from Montreal. Peggy moved to Florida in 1975, married and had a daughter, Leah. She remarried in July 1999 and in December of that year, she found out she had breast cancer.

Peggy’s breast cancer was not aggressive and she is grateful for her treatment team. Cancer is a scary word to hear, but
Peggy knew she would be a survivor! The journey helped prepare her for the news in 2011 that her 32 year old
daughter also was diagnosed with breast cancer. Leah’s cancer was a more serious, Stage 3B aggressive cancer. Much time was spent at Jupiter Medical Center that year!

Both mom and daughter are very proud survivors.

Peggy tries to go to the gym four times a week and she also does yoga and the occasional rowing class. Dragon boating
at the Jupiter Outdoor Center has become a biweekly fun event combining exercise with the company of awesome people.

Peggy also volunteers at a Hospice Resale Store twice a week and participates in a book club which meets monthly. Peggy’s schedule is always busy with volunteering, activities, friends and family. She has really loves including the dragon boat ladies as part of her family!
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Member Spotlight: Peggy Horvath 
Peggy is a retired Office Manager/Bookkeeper originally from Montreal.  Peggy moved to Florida in 1975, married and had a daughter, Leah.  She remarried in July 1999 and in December of that year, she found out she had breast cancer.  

Peggy’s breast cancer was not aggressive and she is grateful for her treatment team.  Cancer is a scary word to hear, but
Peggy knew she would be a survivor!  The journey helped prepare her for the news in 2011 that her 32 year old 
daughter also was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Leah’s cancer was a more serious, Stage 3B aggressive cancer.  Much time was spent at Jupiter Medical Center that year!

Both mom and daughter are very proud survivors.

Peggy tries to go to the gym four times a week and she also does yoga and the occasional rowing class.  Dragon boating
at the Jupiter Outdoor Center has become a biweekly fun event combining exercise with the company of awesome people.

Peggy also volunteers at a Hospice Resale Store twice a week and participates in a book club which meets monthly. Peggy’s schedule is always busy with volunteering, activities, friends and family.  She has really loves including the dragon boat ladies as part of her family!

 

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As I said on the boat last week, Peggy usually says what I am thinking! She has an acerbic wit and is hilarious, even though not always PC (which I love - why did we have to become so politically correct?) And have you seen her done up to go out? She has the most beautiful eyes. Peggy you are fun, funny and a joy to be around, can't wait to have fun with you in Italy!!

Wow! Well deserved tribute dear friend😘

Wow! It’s all been said above by sooo many great friends and family- its been an amazing continuing journey so blessed we’ve shared- onward to Italy!!!! Ox

Fantastic photo and spotlight! You are a truly lovely person. 💜

Beautiful story for a beautiful Lady. Happy that our children are together and that we were able to meet Leah's parents and form a wonderful family. We are all blessed. ❤️

Love you, sister! 💗 Your friendship is a true gift! You inspire and shine!!

I love this photo of you Mom. So powerful. It looks like a war cry before going into battle

You are awesome 😘

Thanks all of you. You make my life fun! Love you all!!💕❤️

You are a rockstar, Peggy! Love your smile & humor! You always keep everyone around you giggling with your quick wit🤪So glad we have found each other through dragon boating💗😘

Love you Peggy!!! You are one super strong lady not to forget the funniest paddler I know and quick Witt!! Thanks for making awesome memories on and off the boat with us. I’m glad to paddle and also row at Rowland for our challenges beside you.😘❤️

Well look at that Peg!!!! A fellow Canadian. Love this photo.

great spotlight on an incredible woman. sending lots of love to you Peggy Horvath💕💕😘😘❤️❤️

You're amazing !!! 😘

That’s my girl!!!💜

Love you Peggy! Fun and fresh in the best possible way! You truly inspire! Great roomie, fabulous and funny seatmate. Always a joy to be with! XOXO ❤️😘😍

Peggy, loved reading this tribute and feeling so happy for you and your daughter's success. You have my love and prayers for many good years to come. Miss seeing you. 😘

Woohoo! I see where your daughter gets her witty, not PC humour, energy and good looks from!

❤️ 💗 💕

I love my mommy!!! ❤️ 💗 ❤️

You are so special ❤💕❤ Love you Peggy!

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Love you Peggy Horvath

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