The Winter Olympics are almost upon us and the eyes of the world are on Vancouver, Canada.
ABREAST IN A BOAT, the very first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in the world will be participating in escorting THE OLYMPIC TORCH to its final destination before the 2010 Games begin.
On February 12, 2010, after crossing Canada for 106 days, the last two torch relays will be completed by dragon boats. At approximately 1:00 pm (Pacific Time) 20 members of Abreast In A Boat, a steer and a drummer will have the honour of being a part of the six boat flotilla that will shadow the two torch relay boats escorting the Olympic Torch to Yale Town.
Dr Don McKenzie, founder of Abreast In A Boat, will have a seat in one of the two relay boats carrying the torch. What an incredible opportunity for everyone involved, and in particular, for breast cancer survivors around the world.
On behalf of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission I am delighted to share this news. It is very fitting that our â€˜Dr Donâ€™ â€“ an amazingly generous and humble man â€“ who has given us the gift of the dragon boat, coupled with the brave originals from Abreast In A Boat, should be so honoured. This is such an affirmation of Dr Don McKenzieâ€™s work re -exercise and chronic disease.
Without the work of Dr Don McKenzie and those brave originals in Vancouver â€“ none of us would be enjoying the fitness, fun and camaraderie that comes post diagnosis of this insidious disease.
-Dragon Boat Charleston