On Saturday, August 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 100 breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers, representing seven Florida cities, will meet at Nathan Benderson Park for a day of racing, coaching, exercise instruction, and seminars on paddling techniques, nutrition and wellness

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Paddle Day To Bring Florida Breast Cancer Survivor Teams Together
SARASOTA/BRADENTON – On Saturday, August 9, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 100 breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddlers, representing seven Florida cities, will meet at Nathan Benderson Park for a day of racing, coaching, exercise instruction, and seminars on paddling techniques, nutrition and wellness. The event is a preview of the epic 2014 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission Participatory Dragon Boat Festival taking place October 24-26 at the same venue, where more than 3,000 BCS paddlers and supporters, representing more than 10 countries, will converge.
When Tampa’s Pink Dragon Ladies and Miami’s Save Our Sisters teams bid to host the 2014 IBCPC festival, one of their objectives was to increase the amount of breast cancer survivor teams in Florida. The goal was to establish Ten teams by the Tenth anniversary of BCS dragon boating in the state. The T.I.T initiative has almost come to fruition as evident in the participation of the August 9 event where teams from Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda, Sarasota and Melbourne will attend.
Following the day of racing and seminars, a reception for the pink paddlers will be held at In the Pink, 1727 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, a new non-profit boutique dedicated to helping survivors deal with the effects of breast cancer.
The October event will be the largest International Sporting event to date at Nathan Benderson park.
For more information on the August 9 event or the October festival, contact Kim Bonomo at 305-776-5016 [email protected] or Angela Long at 941-232-3470 [email protected] .

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