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About Our Organization

SOME CALL IT A 'FLOATING SUPPORT GROUP', WE CALL IT FAMILY!

Since 2003, Dragon Boat Charleston has been paddling the waters of the Ashley River with the mission to promote physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community through dragon boating. IT IS DBC'S MISSION THAT ALL CANCER SURVIVORS PARTICIPATE FOR FREE!

Dragon Boat Charleston encourages healthy healing and healthy lifestyles through goal oriented exercise, good nutrition, education and fellowship and to support the beneficial effects of physical activity in survivorship through research. The club has over 200 members, some of which paddle in races throughout the country.

There is an emerging body of research suggesting that physical activity not only has a positive effect on quality of life following a diagnosis of cancer, but may also improve survival! Wellness and fitness programs designed for cancer survivors have recently been developed across North America, and survivors are enthusiastically participating! We are thrilled to share with your our excitement about this incredible sport.

Festival donations made the following, life-changing activities, possible in 2017:

*Sent a total of 10 teams to race in Florida, Nationals in New Jersey, North Carolina and Puerto Rico!

*Held a session of an Outreach Initiative for cancer survivors. The team of 22 new cancer survivors paddle together weekly for 8-weeks and then compete as a team in the Dragon Boat Charleston Festival in May.

*Provided a screening of Awaken the Dragon to DBC members and the community free of charge.

*Held a 5-day Spring Camp with Canadian coaches. Over 60 paddlers participated. 9 club members attended a coaching clinic preceding.

*DBC provided on-the-water practices for cancer survivors and their community at least six times per week from March through October and once a week all-year long.

*Held the 6th Annual Carolina Celebration Cup Festival including eight cancer survivor teams from the Carolinas. Provided a full day of racing and celebration for survivors and their families at no cost to participants.

*Held special social and support events such as: Nutrition/social events, 2 Gazebo Brunches and celebration dinners for several races.

*Successful Winter Fitness Programincluding: yoga, zumba, boxing and many other fitness and nutrition events.

*Held the Prevention-Palooza focused on community education on the importance of fitness and nutrition in cancer prevention and recurrence.



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CHARLESTON DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
324-9505 melabriola@gmail.com
1643 Savannah Highway, #261, Charleston, SC 29407

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