“Rest! Take it easy! Don’t push yourself! ” was the old advice that was given to breast cancer survivors, until 1996, when Don McKenzie, MD, a sports medicine physician at the University of British Columbia, sought to test his hypothesis that engaging in a dragon boat training program would NOT increase the risk of lymphedema for breast cancer survivors and would actually improve their quality of life. Dr. McKenzie was right! His case study was one of the first to provide quantitative evidence suggesting that dragon boat racing and other forms of upper body exercise were safe and actually beneficial for individuals treated for breast cancer. Since then, hundreds of breast cancer survivors around the world have formed dragon boat racing teams to train and race as a community. A growing body of evidence suggests that physical activity, community support and connection may actually improve survival for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cancer treatment often leaves survivors physically, mentally, and emotionally depleted. Dragon boat racing complements traditional cancer treatment by helping the participants rebuild wellness.
Silver Lining Foundation Montana’s dragon boat racing team will improve the well-being of Western Montana cancer survivors by:
Increasing muscle strength and improving overall fitness
Reducing the risk of developing lymphedema
Providing a platform of emotional support and camaraderie
Rebuilding self-confidence through training and competition
Helping survivors to take back control of their lives
With your support, Western Montana cancer survivors will be stronger together!
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