Chemo-Kaze Dragons

🎗WELCOME!🎗
"REMEMBER TO CHECK THOSE BUMPS FOR LUMPS"

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS?

The CHEMO-KAZE DRAGONS Cancer Boat is in it's 2nd year!!!

We are GROWING quickly and NEED YOU to fill our boats!!!

EXCITING NEWS 
Debuting this summer is our second cancer boat!!! 
THE LYMPHE-DIVAS

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The Chemo-Kaze Dragons and the Lymphe-Divas are outreach programs providing a safe place for recovery to adult cancer Survivors and their CareGivers as they reclaim their lives after treatment. We use dragon boating as a fun activity to promote health, confidence, and teamwork as we continue our lifelong journey to THRIVERSHIP!

WHO ARE WE?

We are the Raleigh Dragon Boat Club's mixed crew Cancer Survivor and CareGiver boat! Our paddlers work together through a Team Sport to Motivate each other to not only be Survivors but also to be THRIVERS!!!! Our dragon boat program consists of positivity, fellowship, paddling exercises and a lot of laughter and shared Survivorship and CareGivership! We have FUN and try our best to lift each other up!

We know it's hard to move forward in life again after treatment. We understand your physical challenges and your psychological post-cancer traumatic stress. Dragon boating allows each paddler, whether they are a Survivor or a CareGiver, to realize their own potential for physical activity, and it provides a teamwork atmosphere that will help Survivors and CareGivers move from a psychological place of isolation or loneliness into a place of shared experiences with other Survivors and CareGivers that understand your cancer journey.  

Most of all, dragon boating allows each of us to look forward to a FUN EVENT and to leave our worries for just a little while on the dock! We are simply "just paddlers" when in the boat!

The CHEMO-KAZE DRAGONS and the LYMPHE-DIVAS are FREE to join your first year! (Race fees, if applicable, are not included in this offer.) Membership dues will apply for the following seasons thereafter. 


JOIN US!



SURVIVOR STRONG!!

DRAGON BOATING AND LYMPHEDEMA

Who knew that a sport that originated in China over 2,000 years ago would lead to an activity that can help to prevent lymphedema or in some cases relieve symptoms of lymphedema!

Per the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, upper extremity lymphedema is a complication that often occurs in women with breast cancer as a result of surgery and/or radiotherapy. Linked below are several studies that have indicated that women who have participated in dragon boating had less occurrence of lymphedema, than women who did not.  One study in particular, "The Effectiveness of The Sport of Dragon Boat Racing in Reducing the Risk of Lymphedema Incidence, An Observational Study" concludes that "it is important to make women with breast cancer aware of dragon boat racing."

Cited from the study, "We're All in the Same Boat": A Review of the Benefits of Dragon Boat Racing for Women Living with Breast Cancer, "dragon boat paddling is not only safe for women recovering from conventional breast cancer therapies but also shows that dragon boating has been embraced as a complimentary exercise therapy by the cancer survivors participating in this magical sport."

Cited from the study, Survivor dragon boating: a vehicle to reclaim and enhance life after breast cancer, "Key themes emerging from the in-depth interviews that encapsulate the experiences of women in their first season of dragon boating follow: awakening of the self, common bond, regaining control, being uplifted, and transcending the fear of death."

Cited from the study, Psychosocial experiences of breast cancer survivors involved in a dragon boat program: exploring links to positive psychological growth, "The dragon boat program facilitated social support from women with common challenges and a shared understanding of Survivorship. It also provided opportunities to (re)gain a sense of personal control, develop new identities as athletes, and overcome physical challenges."

Please read the Abreast In A Boat website link below! Their dragon boat program was created in 1995 by Dr. Don McKenzie, a Sports Medicine Physician at the University of British Columbia. He was the pioneer of observing dragon boating and the link to preventing lymphedema. 

Please review the linked articles below and consult with your doctor about the benefits of dragon boating for you!

Cancer Boat Races

Teamwork

(This was our first practice
 EVER in 2018 - A shout
out to Jan Kuhn from the
Healing Dragons in
Charlotte for helping us to
get our dragon boat team
started!!!!)





We generally have practices on Sunday afternoons at Lake Wheeler Park from May-October.

For practices we wear shorts, t-shirts, water shoes (flip flops or anything you don't mind getting wet), and a hat if you need it! 

The Raleigh Dragon Boat Club provides paddles and life vests for paddlers that need them.


COME AND JOIN OUR TEAM

AND

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Friendships
                 
Teamwork
         
Racing Events
                  
Family Fun at Races
           

COME AND BE A PART OF THE FUN!!!



(Triangle Area Dragon Boat Festival at KOKA Booth in 2018 - We are the boat in the middle!!!)

We enjoy friendships within our Cancer Boat group, as well as, with our sister boat the Raleigh Relentless Dragon Boat! Come and grow your circle of friends to include the Raleigh Dragon Boat Club!!!


CHEMO-KAZE & Raleigh Relentless
joined forces in the
Lake James Dragon Boat Festival 2018

The "Engines" better known as
"The Meat Crew"

CHEMO-KAZE DRAGONS & Raleigh Relentless on the shore at Lake James for the Awakening of the Dragons Ceremony to Honor our Fallen 🎗Breast Cancer Sisters🎗

For more information on how the Raleigh Dragon Boat Club CHEMO-KAZE DRAGONS and the LYMPHE-DIVAS were formed and made possible, please see the blog:




A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!


DIAMOND Sponsors

REESE
CONSTRUCTION CO.
The Fistler Family
Michael & Cynthia
The Kurtz Family
David & Carol

The Reese Family

Barry & Michelle

The Talton Family

Randy & Trish
 

GOLD Sponsors




The Rickert Family
Paul & Marlene

SILVER Sponsors





The Turner Family
Bill & Trish

BRONZE Sponsors

The Compton Family
Tim & Vicky
The Poole Family
Joseph & Robin