The Avalon Dragons began in 2006 when twenty-two adventurous Breast Cancer Survivors volunteered to form the first Dragon Boating Team in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The team now numbers over 60 survivors with members from their 30's to their 80's. From the beginning, the team has wanted to show that people living with Breast Cancer can lead full, healthy, active lives. Team members are great ambassadors for this message, promoting public awareness of the role of exercise and healthy lifestyle in preventing Breast Cancer and Lymphedema. Team members come from all backgrounds and are in various stages of treatment and recovery.
The Avalon Dragons have generated a great deal of public attention here in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as throughout the other provinces of Canada, as the first team in North America to build its own boat! Its members have now become a powerful source of hope and inspiration to others who are just recently diagnosed. The Avalon Dragons are spreading their love of Dragon Boating to the province and beyond by promoting Dragon Boating to Breast Cancer survivors and the general public through its annual "Dragon Boating Festival", as part of "Paddle in Paradise".
What People Are Saying
"This boat means there is life beyond cancer."
— Sylvia Flood, Avalon Dragons team member
"You have to take the initiative and take your life in your hands and make the most of every minute. You have to make every moment count. "
— Donna Howell, Avalon Dragons team member, in memoriam
"What they are doing here today is really going to be the shining star for Paradise. Making this announcement has been the highlight of my political career."
— Mayor Ralph Wiseman welcoming the Avalon Dragons to Paradise
"We have bonded together to combat breast cancer and help survivors live active, rewarding lives. We also honour all those who are no longer with us; friends, strangers, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, sisters, partners and lovers. "
— Avalon Dragons founder Julie Bettney