Linked in Pinks – Throughout US, inc Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia

Linked in Pinks is a celebrated group of breast cancer survivors comprised of paddlers from established dragon boat teams throughout the USA and other countries.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for skilled BCS paddlers to enrich their paddling experiences beyond their home team events. We aspire to demonstrate strength, determination, and sisterhood.

Our goal is to spread our collective optimism and love for life beyond cancer

The River Sisters – Camden County, New Jersey

The River Sisters is a women’s dragon boat team. We are a diverse group of cancer survivors of various ages and backgrounds, athletic abilities and fitness levels. We have gained a passion for the ancient art of dragon boating and we meet weekly between May and October at the Camden County Boathouse to paddle on the Cooper River. We have fun as we practice and compete in various dragon boat festivals each season. Our mission is to raise awareness about all kinds of cancers and to show others who are weakened by the struggle of cancer that there is life after this disease. We started out as strangers with only our disease in common. Now we are a floating support group of women who want to share our passion for life with other cancer survivors, their families and friends. We encourage all women living with cancer to look to a future filled with strength, enthusiasm and hope.

Springfield Dragon Rays– Springfield MA

Established in 2013 with help from a Rays of Hope grant, the team is a division of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club  (PVRC) a 501(c)3 nonprofit which operates a recreational facility in the North End of Springfield with the mission to promote river-based sporting activities, to develop river access, and encourage recreation in the Greater Springfield metropolitan area.

PVRC board members were interested in bringing dragon boating to Springfield because they had friends and family members in other states who had benefitted from paraticipating in the sport.

Today, the Springfield Dragon Rays paddling team is a mix of almost 40 novice, recreational, and competitive paddlers who come together in their love for being on the water. Dragon Rays are diverse in age, background, and athletic ability, and more than one-third of the team are cancer survivors.  

Membership is open to both men and women, and the team actively encourages participation by breast cancer survivors and their supporters. Because of the Rays of Hope grant, breast cancer survivors can join the team at no cost.

Wellness Warriors Boston Strong - Boston, MA

Wellness Warriors is the first Massachusetts All Cancer Survivor team, and we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year. Our team originally consisted of breast cancer survivors and supporters, but we have grown to include all-cancer survivors (ACS). We are pleased to be entering two strong ACS teams in this year's races, incorporating both new and more experienced paddlers.  We feel very fortunate to be joining our sisters from other cancer survivor teams for the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. We are also grateful to our supporters, both ACS and BCS, who joined us for the Boston Dragon Boat Festival in June.

Wellness Warriors Power 10 - Boston, MA

Wellness Warriors is the first Massachusetts All Cancer Survivor team, and we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year. Our team originally consisted of breast cancer survivors and supporters, but we have grown to include all-cancer survivors (ACS). We are pleased to be entering two strong ACS teams in this year's races, incorporating both new and more experienced paddlers.  We feel very fortunate to be joining our sisters from other cancer survivor teams for the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. We are also grateful to our supporters, both ACS and BCS, who joined us for the Boston Dragon Boat Festival in June.

Hope in the Boat – Troy Area, New York

We are here to offer camaraderie, comfort, and information to each other;
to offer a unique way to get together with other survivors – an unconventional support group;
to challenge ourselves physically in an exciting team sport where we are all doing the same thing at the same time;
because dragon boating allows us to see ourselves as athletes, not patients;
because, although we work hard paddling, we find being on the water soothing and peaceful.
We are hopeful, fun loving, funky and a little different. We are more than survivors – we are
alivers! We believe there is a place for everyone who wants to be involved, no matter how old you are--whether you are an athlete or a former couch potato looking to develop a healthy life style – all breast cancer survivors are welcome to join Hope in the Boat!

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Team History

Hope In The Boat came into being from the dream and determination of our founder, breast cancer survivor Lucille Allegretti Freeman. After learning about dragon boating and its connection to breast cancer, Lucille worked avidly to promote the idea of a dragon boat team in the Capital Region. The local newspaper, The Times Union, published an article on her quest. With no experience in the sport, but a willingness to learn, other local breast cancer survivors joined in to form Hope in the Boat, Inc., in 2008. Team members raised money through a variety of sources (including contributions from our families, friends, community members and fund raising), purchasing our first dragon boat in the Spring of 2009, and incorporating Hope In The Boat as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable organization. Through 2013 we practiced on the Hudson, with dockage provided by Van Schaick Marina in Cohoes. In 2014, with the closing of the Van Schaick Marina, we found a new home – Blain’s Bay Marina in Cohoes. We continue to paddle twice a week in season on the Mohawk River and are a visible sign of hope for all those on the breast cancer journey.

HopeAfloatUSA – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hope Afloat USA is the first dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors in Pennsylvania, and we proudly call Philadelphia our home.  We participate in dragon boating to raise awareness of breast cancer and to encourage others diagnosed with breast cancer to lead full and active lives.  In addition to our training and dragon boat racing, we are a “floating” support group for breast cancer survivors.  Regardless of age or athletic ability, our members strive to live lives full of wellness, competition, and fun!

Heart and Soul, Melbourne, FL

Heart and Soul Dragonboat Team, located on Florida's Space Coast, is a team of athletes including breast cancer survivors and supporters who want to share in the mission of increased health and heartfelt friendships through dragon boating.
The mission of Heart and Soul is to promote breast cancer awareness and the joy of living each moment fully through fun and camaraderie by engaging survivors, friends and family in a floating support group - the team sport of Dragonboating.
We practice on Wednesday and Sunday evenings on the beautiful Banana River.
New Member practice is held once a month. Prospective new members may attend 2 practices before deciding to become a member of the Heart & Soul Dragon Boat team.
Heart and Soul has taken on the sport of dragon boating for our health, fitness, and well being. After the diagnosis of breast cancer, survivors learn to embrace life again. Dragon boating makes you feel alive. We paddle to feel stronger and fitter. We do it take control of our lives. We do it because we can!