Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team working to send out an inspirational message encouraging all cancer survivors to live life to the fullest after a cancer diagnosis. Started in 2004 by a handful of breast cancer survivors, with a dragon boat borrowed from a Boston team, Dragonheart has grown to a 150-member team of breast cancer survivors and supporters who paddle together for life-affirming exercise and camaraderie. The team paddles weeknights in the summer on Lake Champlain and races in regional, national and international competitions.
- Create a life-affirming sisterhood of breast cancer survivors
- Give hope and inspiration to other cancer survivors and their families
- Promote the growth of dragon boating in our community
- Enrich our lives through dragon boat racing and new friendships
- Unite our community in charitable giving through dragon boat racing
Paddling as a team is just part of the story. The core of Dragonheart’s mission is to give back to the community. The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is the team’s special way to introduce people to the sport of Dragon Boating and help others in our community diagnosed with cancer. This year, our goal is to raise $250,000 for our own team and our Survivorship NOW Initiative. Join us for lots of fun and the best cause of all…spreading support and joy to our local kids as they fight the toughest battle imaginable.
The members of Dragonheart Vermont also strive to promote breast cancer awareness and to provide hope to other cancer survivors and their families. We strive to live each moment fully and to support our own team members in a spirit of camaraderie and joy. When breast cancer survivors participate in dragon boating, they provide a face to the disease and the statistics. Breast cancer is what brought our team members together. Friendship is what keeps us together. In China, the dragon traditionally symbolizes a good omen. It is the heartfelt hope of Dragonheart Vermont that the dragon will protect us until the race against breast cancer brings an end to this disease at last.