Our fourth year participating in the Jupiter Tequesta Christmas Parade and this year was our best performance to date, Our precision paddling "float boat" entertained the crowds with our songs, our energy and our cheers while our ambassadors on the ground mingled with the crowds, breathing fire and handing out dragon fireballs and information about our team and our mission! 100 fabulous floats joined the parade this year with thousands of spectators cheering us on. Thank you to our Survivor Sponsor Jupiter Medical Center for keeping our team a "float". #FloatBoat #DragonBoatJupiter #AFutureWithoutBreastCancer ... See MoreSee Less
While our paddlers warm up and get ready to paddle, our Steers are busy preparing the boats for a safe morning launch. Beautiful blue waters entertained us with bait fish jumping, manatee surfacing, turtles peeking out and white heron posing. December in Jupiter regally sharing nature as we return to our favorite lighthouse with our dragon sisters. Photos courtesy of Super Steer Cynde! ... See MoreSee Less
We love it when we get to introduce new paddlers to our Dragon Boats. This morning we took out both of our boats, NED and RED and got a close up look at a manatee, extremely close up, it was very exciting! ... See MoreSee Less
We had such a great time getting ready for the Jupiter Tequesta Holiday Parade last year. Look for us at this year's parade on Sunday December 9, 2018!Our Lighthouse Dragons have been busy getting ready for the Jupiter Tequesta Holiday Parade scheduled for Sunday December 10th. This year’s theme is the 12 Days of Christmas, and we’ve taken it very personally! Our float promises to be even more spectacular than in years past. Look for us along the parade route. Art work was creatively designed by our very own Cheryl Rappolt with a little help from her team of dragons. ... See MoreSee Less
Couldn’t ask for a more perfect day for first timers to enjoy paddling with us. Waters are clear and warm, sun is shining and we are on the water for our introduction to dragon boating session. ... See MoreSee Less
From now until November 2, every purchase you make through this link, Amazon Smile will give 5% directly to Lighthouse Dragons SOS. So get you shopping done now, and support our Dragon Boat Team. Please click through this link to support us on Amazon Smile. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
A gorgeous sunrise during this weekend's morning practice session. It is truly a gift for us to wake up to this incredible activity on such beautiful waters. We always welcome new paddlers who would like to join us on the dragon boat and be part of our amazing team. Please message us here if you are interested or email us at LighthouseDragons@gmail.com. ... See MoreSee Less
From Broward, Palm Beach and Martin Counties our Lighthouse Dragons are Making Strides to End Breast Cancer with the American Cancer Society. Three separate walks, one goal. Spreading awareness and raising money to end breast cancer. #EndBreastCancer #MakingStrides ... See MoreSee Less
Come out and join in the celebration as two of our very own Lighthouse Dragons will be introduced as Pink Warriors for 2019!Where are you going to eat and drink next Thursday for Downtowns Go Pink?🍹https://komensouthflorida.org/bcam-promotions/ 🍻 Restaurants and stores all along each avenue in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Jupiter will become destination hotspots by giving a percentage of sales back to Komen South Florida to help raise funds for local life-saving breast cancer programs and research to find a cure. ... See MoreSee Less
Race Day! Greetings from Orlando. Our dragons are awakening and we are heading to the festival. Although Red Tide and inclement weather have kept us from recent practices in Jupiter, we are strong, confident and ready to race! We will be introducing some of our newest team members to the dragon boat racing experience as well as meeting old friends and new! Paddles Up! ... See MoreSee Less
Ligthhouse Dragons will be racing this Saturday, October 13 in the GWN International Dragonboat Festival at Turkey Lake Park Premier Women's Division.. We will be introducing many of our newest paddlers to the excitement of their first dragon boat race Come on out and cheer us on if you are in the Orlando area! ... See MoreSee Less
The Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival offers more than just great racing. A full-festival experience awaits participants, spectators and families. Best of all, parking is free and attendance is free for spectators.
It’s tradition to trade team shirts when we participate in very special events, and the launch of Dragon Boat Colombia was certainly special. Here's our team members, Liz, Martisa and Susan, before and after their trade! #PayingItForward #BreastCancerInternationalOutreach ... See MoreSee Less
This illustration from one of our dragon boat sisters in pink from Australia. Very inspiring!Inktober Pinktober- Day 2- Tranquility
"Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm. "
A diagnosis of Breast Cancer unleashes a wild, howling, tempest of emotions. Whilst you can never entirely escape physically or emotionally from these gloomy clouds- looking for the silver lining and finding unexpected calm in the chaos can bring you a real sense of peace and happiness.
My silver lining has been dragon boating. Last year, I helped form a new Dragons Abreast dragon boat club for Breast Cancer survivors. We paddle for fun, friendship, fitness and recovery. Paddling on the healing waters with others from all over the world -who've survived the same storm as me- has given me a real sense of balance.
Find something you love, something crazy, something you've always wanted to do and go for it- What have you got to lose?- hopefully stress and anxiety 💕 #dragonsabreast #breastcancerrecovery ... See MoreSee Less
A beautiful photo of our Lighthouse all lit up in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. We look towards it’s light as our beacon of hope as we paddle our dragon boat home after each of our practices. Thank you for the awesome photo William Leonard! #JupiterLughthouse #FindTheCure #BreastCancerLighting for Awareness oct 5 & 6 for Breast Cancer. Sharing a beautiful photo from William A Leonard. #breastcancer. #cure #health #jupiterlighthouse ... See MoreSee Less
Attending the Jupiter Medical Center Living with Breast Cancer Support group last night was our very own 2018 Pink Warrior Pat, sharing her story in the Florida Weekly Newspaper. Pat was featured as part of the Pink Chair Project, sponsored by Jupiter Medical Center, honoring breast cancer survivors and their stories throughout our community. Look for Pat's Pink Chair in the month of October at the Jupiter Community Center. ... See MoreSee Less
Official Florence 2018 festival team photos were published today, click on link to see ours. 14 of our Lighthouse Dragons paddlers traveled to Florence, partnering with Heart & Soul Sisters in a 20 man Dragon boat race. Working together towards this festival since Jan 2017, our combined team of breast cancer survivors from Jupiter and Melbourne, paddled proudly and strong!
In her breakout book, The Good Cancer, Dr. Marla Friedman reveals her life’s journey with cancer. Each chapter provides stories of survival and healing along with easy to implement tips. Marla uses humor and storytelling techniques to discuss cancer in a candid and conversational tone. Whe...
Such great team memories of our fun times at the Jupiter Outdoor Center. Our team has grown so much, our name has changed, our location has changed, but the fun is still here! #FunToBeADragon #BreastCancerSurvivors #TeamSOSPBC #PaddlingInPink ... See MoreSee Less
This is a fabulous project bringing light to personal survivor stories of hope, courage and survivorship throughout our community in a unique and inspiring way. You can find several of our own Lighthouse Dragons team member's chairs around our town! Thank you Jupiter Medical Center for this fun way to spread awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!Jupiter Medical Center and the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center are proud to present the Pink Chair Project! During the month of October, we are launching a campaign to honor breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about breast health.
The project features chairs decorated by breast cancer survivors themselves or with the help of volunteer artists. These designs reflect the inspiration that helped them navigate through their diagnosis and treatment. The chairs will be displayed across the community in shops, restaurants, hotels, museums and more. We can't wait to share with you all of their wonderful stories and designs! To learn more about the project, click here: bit.ly/2OkW8Lh... See MoreSee Less
Pat and Kelly are going to do an incredible job representing Lighthouse Dragons SOS this year as Warriors In Pink!
It's so wonderful to see these two beautiful ladies spotlighted in the community! We are lucky enough to know they are not only beautiful on the outside but they radiate beauty from inside too. Love you Pat and Kelly!
Love our Strong, Brave, Beautiful Warrior Teammates!! <3
Thanks so much everyone!! It’s a great honor and extra special to share it with my awesome teammate! 💝
So proud of you both, my fellow Warriors in Pink 💕
Congratulations to you ladies and Welcome to the Group.👏🏼💕
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. ________________________________________ 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; ________________________________________ but she who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends herself in a worthy cause; ________________________________________ 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.” ... See MoreSee Less
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
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 ... See MoreSee Less
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
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
The following study gives some excellent raw data regarding the impacts and effects of dragon boating on breast cancer survivors. Study included below, in summary:
Background: Upper extremity lymphedema is a complication that often occurs in women with breast cancer as a result of surgery and/or radiotherapy. Some studies report that a boating activity known as the ‘‘dragon boat’’ sport can benefit these women.
Conclusions: The dragon boat sport participants had more positive clinical and QoL outcomes than did the women who did not participate in that sporting activity. Implications for Clinical Practice: It would be important to make women with breast cancer aware of the practice of dragon boat racing.
Jupiter Medical Center Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Susan G. Komen #Lymphedema #BreastCancerDragonBoat
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! ... See MoreSee Less