“To hell with circumstances, I create opportunities “ Bruce Lee
Breast Cancer?...Enter the Dragon! Dragon boating is the silver lining for many diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
As little as twenty years ago, breast cancer survivors were told not to do any strenuous exercise for fear of causing Lymphedema- an incurable swelling of the arm, brought about by surgeries and radiation.
A Canadian sports physiologist, Dr Don McKenzie questioned this logic, and designed an experiment which involved breast cancer survivors training and paddling in Dragon boats. His ground breaking study proved that repetitive, upper body exercise did not increase the risk of developing Lymphedema, and in fact the exercise had far more beneficial effects for breast cancer survivors. Lymph fluid was pumped away, muscles and bones were stronger. The women who participated became fitter and happier.
These very brave breast cancer survivors, defied the existing medical advice at the time and came out the other side changed women. They had enjoyed the activity, support and friendship of paddling together so much that they created the worlds first Breast Cancer survivors Dragon Boat team- “Abreast in A Boat. “
The fun, excitement and challenge of dragon boating for Breast Cancer survivors has now spread across the globe from Australia to Argentina, the Americas and Europe, to become a world wide phenomenon.
The pink paddlers race against Breast Cancer, will lead thousands to New Zealand in 2022 for the next International Breast Cancer Paddlers commission (IBCPC) participatory Dragon Boat Festival.
What if one opportunity could change your life? It can and it does. 💕💕💕
I found it very hard to even walk when on chemo . I walked the dogs and some days could not even do that especially on the AC that really took the life out of me I would have to stop and catch my breath every few feet some days . But after that first week on chemo I felt better and was able to do a little walking I walked the mall as it was way to hot here in South Doc did say it was very important to exercise during chemo I did what I could.
Awesome news!even though it was a small study hopefully these findings will provoke even larger studies to back the smaller ones up!👍
Jupiter Medical Center and the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center are proud to present the “Pink Chair Project,” a campaign that honors breast cancer patients and survivors and raises awareness about breast health during the month of October.
Now in its second year, the project features chairs decorated by breast cancer survivors and patients whose designs reflect the inspiration that helped them navigate through their diagnosis and treatment. The chairs will be on display at businesses in Jupiter and the surrounding communities throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each chair is as unique as the designer and is accompanied by a display that explains the origins of the concept.
Continue following us throughout the month of October as we feature survivors and their chairs. To learn more about The Pink Chair Project and chair locations, please visit bit.ly/2noIY3V
Inktober/Pinktober Day 1- RING ⠀⠀ The words “You have Breast Cancer” is the wake up call nobody wants to receive. ⠀⠀ RING, RING, RING, RING- Those four little words will be ringing in your ears for a very long time. Factor in alarm bells ringing, hands wringing and white noise and you just want to stick your fingers in your ears and yell no more!! ⠀⠀ But you can’t drown it out. The phone keeps ringing now. It becomes your frenemy- will it bring you good tidings or despair? Nerves are shot. You’re screening missed calls and avoiding answering machine messages at work from unknown phone numbers in the days following a blood test or scans. The day is spent fretting and trying to calm yourself as you wait to rush off to the fall-in-a-heap-privacy of your own home. Anxiety levels are through the roof!! ⠀⠀ It’s times like this that a ring and a chat from a friendly face can be music to your ears. ⠀⠀ 💕💕💕💕 Today is the first of October- the month which provides an opportunity to promote Breast Cancer awareness. Please ladies and Gentlemen #checkyourboobs. Become breast aware so you can notice changes, and detect anything unusual early. It could save your life ⠀⠀ #pinkoala #pinkoalaart #inktober #pinktober #inktober2019 #pinktober2019 #inkdrawing #inkartwork #pinkartwork #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #breastcancersurvivor #breastcanceradvovate #melbourneartist #melbourneart #melbourneillustrator #whimsicalart #cancersurvivor #breastcancersucks #artshare #originalart #ring #phone ⠀⠀ ... See MoreSee Less
Lighthouse Dragons members and Pink Warriors started off Breast Cancer Awareness Month tonight with the launch of the Pink Chair Project. This project is the brainchild of the fabulous Sue Goulding of Jupiter Medical Center, to spread awareness throughout our Jupiter community with these incredibly gorgeous chairs, each unique and created by local breast cancer survivors. Lighthouse Dragons is always proud of our survivors and their contributions to our community and our cause. Thank you Hamilton Jewelers for hosting this lovely event honoring our survivors and for the wonderful gift bags. Be sure to look for these chairs throughout our town! ... See MoreSee Less
www.facebook.com/PaddleSportPerformance/photos/a.10150127433097673/10157574682677673?type=3&av=93...That look when you get asked to stroke the dragon boat!! Had a great time sitting up front talking paddling with the awesome @lighthouse_dragons_official dragon boat club! Thanks for being so welcoming and awesome to Gina Di Primio and I. Your club does a wonderful job getting people onto the water !! And I love that post paddle cheer!! Best of luck in your upcoming race! #dragonboat #paddling #lifeisbetteronthewater #friendshipsthruthewater #whyismypaddleupsidedown ... See MoreSee Less
We are still in awe at having a guest coach tonight of the caliber of Derek Schrotter and Gina Di Primio of Paddle Sport Performance! They hail from Ontario and totally blew us away with Derek’s awesome coaching and Gina’s rock star stroking. Who knew we would have world champions on our boat tonight? Thank you both and please join us absolutely anytime! 💪😃👍🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Great practice tonight! Cynde as Coach and Steer, Susan as Steer, and Martha as Coach. 🙂 Such a beautiful evening! Hope our newbies were bitten by the dragon - they did awesome! 😁💪👏 ... See MoreSee Less
Dragonboats are off the water and moving inland to ride out the storm. Our Lighthouse Dragons worked together this morning to keep our beloved boats, NED and 'lil RED safe from Dorian's path. Awesome job everyone! #Teamwork ... See MoreSee Less
We need your help! We are looking for a new home for our dragon boat team. For over 4 years, Lighthouse Dragons have enjoyed paddling on the beautiful waters in Jupiter, thanks to the generous support of so many in our community. We are now losing our home due to development in the area, and need your help in finding us a new place for our breast cancer survivors and supporters to paddle.
If you know of any places in Palm Beach County or Martin County that would make a good home for our team of breast cancer survivors and supporters, PLEASE message us or send an email to LighthouseDragons@gmail.
Lighthouse Dragons team mates Toby, Debbie, Pat and Shelly attended the Dragonheart Vermont Sisters At Heart Celebration. A two day festival celebrating sisterhood and survivorship through dragon boating. Our composite team boat, The East Coast Connection, had paddlers from Florida, Vermont, New York, Kentucky and New Brunswick, CA. We connected with old friends and made a lot of new friends. We received some fabulous coaching from 22Dragons of Canada, then enjoyed two days of racing, singing, dancing, bagpipes, Zumba, Taiko drumming and so much more! A special tribute was made during the flower ceremony, when all ten survivor boats were connected on the water, in remembrance of our team mate Catalina Palacio. It was truly a heartwarming weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
Hey there. I was one of the people singing for the Flower Ceremony with Bonnie Aharonian. Sorry we didn't "connect" with you, as my dad Jack Blanchard was up from Jupiter - he lives right near the lighthouse. 💜
Our hearts and prayers are with our Dragon Boat Colombia sisters in Panama today as they participate in their first dragon boat festival. #CatalinaStrongLa ceremonia de las flores. En cada carrera en donde hay equipos de cáncer de seno, celebramos a las mujeres que ya no están. Estas flores son por Catalina Palacio, quien partió súbitamente. Hasta pronto Cata. #CartagenaFuerte ... See MoreSee Less
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved dragon boat sister, Catalina Palacio. When Catalina joined Lighthouse Dragons in late 2016, she was full of energy and love for dragon boating and especially our breast cancer mission. So much so, that she saw a vision to bring dragon boating to the breast cancer survivors in her home country, and a year later, Dragonboat Colombia was formed in Cartagena. She was a visionary, always positive and energetic, in love with life and the people she met. Her energy and smile was contagious, always bringing out the best in each of us. We will certainly miss you, Captain Catalina. ... See MoreSee Less
What a beautiful tribute. I wasn't part of your Dragon boat family but enjoyed hearing about your wonderful group! Such a tragedy! Hard to believe. Dragon Boat gave her such joy!
So sorry to learn about Catalina's passing. My condolences to family, friends and the incredible Dragonboat Women!
So Sorry for the Loss of your Lovely Dragon Boat Sister, Prayers for the Family🙏🏽
For all of Catalina’s family and friends, please accept my wife’s and my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the loss of such a wonderful woman. The world was truly made a better place by this woman. 🙏
Tina, Steve and I are so sorry to learn about her passing. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting her, we know what a good friend she was to you. You and she will be in our prayers. 😢🙏
Vienna Pink Dragons are sending their deepest condolences. These are very sad news. Our captain Svenja had the privilege of meeting Catalina in Florence, the time together was to short!❤️
Tiki ELvy y yo te recordaremos ya que fueron muchos los momentos felices en nuestra orimaria en Cosafa y travez de los años no nos perdimos descansa en la corte celesrial
No tuve ese honor de conocerla.pero este dónde este.gracias por ayudar a todas estas mujeres para poder afrontar y salir adelante en su lucha diaria contra esta terrible enfermedad. D.Q.S
Tina... so sorry for the loss of Catalina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and her family. 🙏
Heartfelt condolences. She was an inspiration for sure.
Oh my Tina! I'm so sorry for your loss! I know you loved your dear friend Catalina..saying a prayer for her and for you❤
That is a beautiful tribute!!! I am so deeply sorry for your loss sending you love!!
So sorry for your loss.
Sweet sleep buddy. Condolences to the family and dear friends. This disease continues to rob Of of such wonderful humans. Hate cancer with a passion 🙏🏼🌷💕
She was a ray of sunshine ☀️
I am so sorry to hear this. She was such a wonderful lady.
So sorry for your loss. Survivors in Sync
So sorry for your loss.
SIS sends our deepest condolences. Our hearts go out to all of you as you remember your beloved Catalina. She was an extraordinary woman.
Dios la tenga en su santa gloria y brille para ella la luz perpetua 🙏
Catalina Palacio para mí fuiste una mujer admirable y que nunca se rindió te estrañare muchisimo
Condolencias para toda la familia. Q.e.p.d. Cata
So so sorry to hear this:(
Mis sentidas condolencias a su familia y su gran amiga Tina. Catica siempre vivirá en nuestro corazón QPDS
Sorry for your loss Condolences and prayers to her family and friends.
It’s been one year since Lisette and Debbie walked down this path in Florence together and they are still going strong. They plan to attend the IBCPC dragon boat festival together in New Zealand in 2022 with their team Lighthouse Dragons. Going strong and staying strong with Stage IV! ... See MoreSee Less
Lighthouse Dragons team members are looking forward to the New Zealand 2022 IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival!At Last!!!!!!
Where in the World is the next IBCPC Festival?
The IBCPC Festival Committee has awarded the next IBCPC Festival to New Zealand! Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand is simply and utterly surreal, from the alps to the oceans, there is beauty around every corner.
We know you will be as excited as we are about the stunning location of the next festival, so stay tuned for further updates. ... See MoreSee Less
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