In case you haven’t heard, we brought home two GOLD medals this weekend! Our BCS and Mixed division performance was extraordinary. It was a crazy day of racing with five boats capsizing, but our steers people kept us safe and crossing the finish line without incident. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight we celebrated our team mate Scott’s successful Crossing for the Cure. Scott paddled 80 miles across the gulf stream at last week’s Crossing for the Cure in support of Cystic Fibrosis. His challenge to us is to form and train our own relay team to join him in next year’s crossing. Challenge accepted! #InspireEveryBreath ... See MoreSee Less
A boat load of first timers joined us today! With Coach Cynde on top of training and our Steer Scott leading the way these paddlers are now bitten by the dragon! Looking great everyone! ... See MoreSee Less
This one’s for all my dragon boat buddies out there!
For those who don’t yet know- Dragon boating is an ancient Chinese tradition which is actually soooo amazing for Breast Cancer survivors to participate in!
It’s a low impact form of exercise, with a repetitive action thats wonderful for draining the lymphatic system, reducing lymphedema and improving upper body muscle strength and increasing range of movement after surgery.
Pink paddling teams are now all over the world- a huge global success story for cancer survivors, and a sisterhood that is inspiring and phenomenal.
This cartoon pertains to the Sweep- (Steers person) of the boat. I’m learning to sweep my teams boat- it’s a huge responsibility and definitely not a piece of cake!
Much respect to those who step up to the back of the boat 🙌
#pinkoala #pinkoalaart #melbourneartist #cartoonillustration #australianartist #australian #dragonsabreast #pinkpaddlers #breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #breastcanceradvocate #abreastinaboat #dragon #dragonboat #sweepsrespect #ibcpc ... See MoreSee Less
This just in from our very own Scott Zednek who is in Bimini and will begin his 80 mile journey tomorrow morning to Florida on his paddle board. Join us in wishing a safe journey to Scott and all the other incredible folks who will be Crossing for a Cure. Good luck Scott!
Hi All, A big THANK YOU to all who donated and offered kind words of encouragement! We hit the fundraising goal and now I'm hitting the water very soon.
Please visit the www.crossingforacure.com website or download the app "Crossing for a Cure" to track my journey across the Gulfstream that begins midnight Friday in Bimini, Bahamas.
We anticipate landing at the Lake Worth Pier sometime between 3 and 6 PM Saturday.
I have a great support boat and crew that will make this a safe journey.
I had a blast! I need to start using Mellow Mondays to practice technique and build stamina so I don't poop out so quickly at Wednesday/Saturday practice. Thank so much LHD for having Mellow Mondays! Love you guys and gals!
In one week, our very own Scott Zednek will be Crossing for a Cure. Let’s all support Scott on his adventure by making a donation right here to these two great causes, Piper’s Angels and Lighthouse Dragons.
The Crossing For A Cure is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship race that takes paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from Bimini in the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland. The event was inspired because of the incredible health benefits of the Ocean for those living with cystic fibrosis, a terminal lung disease. Travis Suit's daughter Piper was diagnosed with CF when she was four years old. ... See MoreSee Less
"For now, unless an oncologist has advised a specific diet tailored to your specific tumour, the most common recommendation is to eat a generally healthy diet. None of this challenges the principle that staying well nourished is part of a healthy approach to any disease, and there is no evidence that overall starvation is good or even safe. But focusing on specific patterns of eating will likely be part of many cancer-treatment guidelines in coming years. Food is medicine — or metabolic therapy. And no metabolic therapy is good or bad for everyone in every condition." ... See MoreSee Less
Here's the ultimate fact sheet for you to share to your non-dragon boat racing friends! REMEMBER, it's paddling - not rowing! #PaddleWithPride #GWN #MLDB #GWNDragonBoat #DragonBoat ... See MoreSee Less
Jupiter Medical Center’s Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center invites you and your family to attend the annual Celebration of Life in honor of National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 2nd from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration of life for those who have survived a cancer diagnosis, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed and a gathering of support for families. Please RSVP to 561-263-2200 by May 29, 2019. Click here to learn more. bit.ly/2QccAvX... See MoreSee Less
If you've never paddled on a dragon boat team before, you'll be amazed at how much fun it is, and how smooth and fast the races seem. Afterwards, you'll feel how much effort it took, but while you're racing it's all about being synchronized and keeping your form. Dragon boat racing may be an ancient sport with origins in China, but it's now become a fast-growing international sport. There are numerous annual dragon boat races across Canada and the United States, and you can find competitions in the UK, Europe, and of course, all over Asia.
There are two types of boats... The "Flag Catcher" style, also known as the Taiwanese Ceremonial Boat. At the finishing line, a flag catcher who crouches at the bow and then climbs on the dragons head to snatch the flag that is upright in the water, to signal the reach of finish line. More commonly used is the Hong Kong style boats. They are lower, lighter and faster, and are used by most competitive teams. Both take 18-20 paddlers and feature a drummer and a steersperson.
DRAGON BOAT PADDLING TIPS First of all, remember, it's "PADDLING," not "rowing." Keep in mind that there are many different approaches to paddling, but they all have the same thing in common: to have an "efficient" stroke. These are just some guidelines and you will always do as your own coach instructs when you are on their boat. Before you can paddle, you need to have a good base of support. When you sit in the boat, you must "hang a cheek" (your outside hip) as close to the side of the boat as possible. So....Paddles Up. Have fun and be safe! See you on the water!
BASICS: - Keep the paddle vertical when the blade is in the water (top hand over bottom hand) - Keep a quiet boat, meaning, do not move side to side when paddling - Keep the paddle as close to the gunwale (side of the boat) at all times, during the stroke and also during the recovery. - Try to recover with the blade as close to the water as possible, - Stay open and big when paddling, head-up, chin-up,chest-up helps keep the airways open as well. - Bottom hand should grip around 4" up from top of the blade; if you hold too near the blade, it will limit how far you can reach.
ROTATION AND EXTENSION AND FORWARD LEAN: - Rotation starts from the (1) hips, (2) lower back, (3) upper back, (4) shoulders, (5) extend arms - To maximize reach and extension, concentrate on bringing your outside arm parallel to the water before the catch and extend the bottom arm straight. - Most of your weight should be on your outside butt-cheek with the other side slightly lifted off the bench when reaching - I like to keep my outside leg forward. You can keep both forward or the inside leg (depends on what your coach says) - I am able to use my leg to push off for extra power - Lean forwards at all times, it really helps to get more length on the stroke - also if the person sitting in front of you is not leaning, it will shorten the stroke of the person behind. - Try to reach and extend further than you normally would.... When you practice this more, the easier it will get 🙂 CATCH: - Plant your paddle into the water before you start to pull. - The catch should be silent without any splashing (otherwise that means you are starting to pull before a full catch) - Keep the stroke up-front, and do not pull back too far past your hip or you will put drag on the boat.
PULL: - Keep your core tight as most of the work during the pull is coming from your back and legs (not from the arms). - Lock your bottom arm while pulling. - Push with your leg for extra power. - Think of the pull as if you are pulling yourself and the boat up to the paddle, rather than pushing the paddle into the water.
EXIT AND RECOVERY: - Exit when the blade reaches your mid thigh as pulling back too far will create drag. - Try to pull up instead of out to the side....try not to drop your top arm too low in front of your face. - As you exit the water, you can do a slight inwards twist with your wrists to help with the clean exit.
Race day! We had so much fun and we brought home bronze medals in the both the BCS and Mixed Division. But more importantly, everyone had a great time, and for many it was their first dragon boat race. Congratulations to all the teams who participated! ... See MoreSee Less
Good information from our team's sponsor Jupiter Medical Center. Pay attention to the early signs. Knowledge is power.Do you know the symptoms of a TIA or “mini-stroke”? A TIA usually lasts only a few minutes and no longer than 24 hours. While TIAs generally do not cause permanent brain damage, they are a serious warning sign of stroke and should not be ignored. TIA is a proven risk factor for stroke. The risk of stroke is highest within the first 30 days after a TIA.
Symptoms include: - Brief period of weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body - Brief period of confusion, or trouble speaking or understanding - Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes for a brief period of time - Difficulty walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination for a brief period of time - Brief period of severe headache with no known cause
National Cancer Survivor’s Day is Sunday, June 2nd. Our team’s sponsor, Jupiter Medical Center is having an amazing event to celebrate US! Dr. Nancy Taft, breast surgeon, will be speaking as well as two survivors. There will be a raffle with exciting prizes, lunch, massages, reiki, meditation, and more!
Attached is the invitation with information on how to RSVP. ... See MoreSee Less
Our T-shirts are here for the #WomenForWomen #RoadRace, taking place this Saturday, May 11! These are high quality Ladies Performance Tees to keep you cool, dry, and comforable during your run. Special Thanks to our presenting sponsor Jupiter Medical Center! To register for this event please visit tinyurl.com/y6kdodfm... See MoreSee Less
Busy morning with the dragons! Two boats out at sunrise followed by our quarterly team meeting and some great social time at the Square Grouper. We enjoyed catching up with some of our team mates who have not been able to paddle lately. We love our tribe! ... See MoreSee Less
Just imagine trying to cross the gulfsteam for 80 miles on a paddle board.... Our very own team mate and Steersman, Scott Zednek, will be taking on the challenge! Scott will be embarking on this challenge to support two worthy charities, Piper's Angels & Crossing Crusaders Halau OC Club and Lighthouse Dragons SOS. Let's all cheer him on as he trains for this event. To support Scott Zednek please follow his Crowdrise link below. ... See MoreSee Less
Last day of this amazing exhibit, it's not too late to make a donation to Lighthouse Dragons in honor of your favorite breast Cancer Survivor, so one of our beautiful Warrior Goddesses can take their portrait home! Thank you Rhea Lewis Photography - Photogratherapy for Children of All Ages for this empowering experience for our survivors!Looking forward to seeing you tonight between 6:30-8:30pm for the opening reception of this Art Exhibit at the New Studio for the Visual Arts located at 1615 S. Cypress Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
Many of our beautiful breast cancer survivors will be featured in this exhibit of healing and survivorship.
And with your $150+ donation, the breast cancer survivor of your choice the opportunity to take their artwork home at the end of the month long exhibition.
Happy Earth Day to our Mother Earth! She has done so much for us, and we need and MUST take care of her and treat her better. What gift will you give her today? Everyone of her children can make a difference, no matter how small. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Jupiter Medical Center for hosting today’s informative oncology series Lunch and Learn lecture on this very interesting topic of Ayurveda medicine by Dr. Scott Gerson. We also enjoyed a few minutes of mindful meditation at the conclusion of the presentation. ... See MoreSee Less
It is an empowering and powerful exhibit of strength, courage and beauty, honoring our Warrior Goddesses. The exhibit featured 32 Breast Cancer Survivors, most of whom are our very own Lighthouse Dragons. It’s not too late to stop by and enjoy this exhibit, it will be on display all month. And you still have a chance to make a donation to our organization in honor of one of our extraordinary ladies so she can take her portrait home! ... See MoreSee Less
Our very own team mate and steersman, Scott Zednek, will be racing in the Crossing For A Cure, a long-distance endurance paddling challenge 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland on Father's Day, June 15th. The event was created to bring awareness and support for those living with cystic fibrosis through the Pipers Angels Foundation. This foundation provides an incredible bonus for paddlers representing charitable organizations whereby Lighthouse Dragons will split the funds donated through this campaign link 50/50 with Pipers Angels. And to really top things off, all funds donated to this effort will be matched by Scott's environmental engineering firm, Tierra Consulting Group. Won't you help support Scott as he paddles across the Gulfstream on his Stand Up Paddleboard, and you will be donating to two great charities!
Dear Friends and Colleagues, On behalf of the Lighthouse Dragons breast cancer survivors and supporters, I'm racing in the Crossing For A Cure, a long-distance endurance paddling challenge 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas back to the Florida mainland on June 15th. The ...
Thank you PonTiki Boat Cruises for these wonderful pictures of our dragons!Breast Cancer Dragon Boat cruising by.. Beautiful night!! Paddle with all your ❤️❤️❤️ ‘s ladies!! Pontiki loves u!! ... See MoreSee Less
Tax time is right around the corner and you can help Lighthouse Dragons raise money by getting your taxes prepared by H&R Block or Block Advisors. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution when you use the referral card below and present it at your appointment. Thank you for supporting Lighthouse Dragons! REFERRAL CODE #40010001099922
www.hrblockreferrals.com/Non…/KitFlyer/40010001099922Tax time is right around the corner and you can help Lighthouse Dragons raise money by getting your taxes prepared by H&R Block or Block Advisors. If you are a new client, we will get a $20 contribution when you use the referral card below and present it at your appointment. Thank you for supporting Lighthouse Dragons! REFERRAL CODE #40010001099922
Any exercise or physical activity that gets the heart rate up and the blood flowing will release endorphins and raise your energy level. Walking 20 minutes per day is a great place to start. Add a little resistance training to your walking routine and you’ll have the added benefit of improved strength and balance, and you’ll be well on your way to boundless energy!
Exercise is well documented in the medical research to be one of the best “treatments” for cancer survivor fatigue. But how does physical exertion actually give you more energy? Here are a few reasons exercise has this miraculous effect.
Celebrating Women’s Day at the Power of Pink Luncheon hosted by Jupiter Medical Center. We learned a lot from their expert panel of Breast Cancer physicians, had a few laughs and enjoyed a lovely lunch. ... See MoreSee Less
Miss you already! Back home in Annapolis with indoor paddling practice is just not the same. Hope to join you all again next winter. Thank you for allowing me to join with your beautiful team last month. It was a highlight of my trip.
These gorgeous evening paddles are so healing and empowering. The beautiful sunsets are just a bonus!
Can’t wait for the time to change so I can get out there again.