We are Busting Out, Ottawa’s dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors. We paddle to raise awareness and also to help and support those who have completed treatment, because we have been there too.
Some of us have been paddling since the team’s inception in 1998, two years after the first survivor team was started in Vancouver. Others have only recently joined Busting Out and are still finding their way. We are from all walks of life and come together twice a week (on Tuesday and Thursday evenings) to paddle along the Rideau River from the canoe club. Anyone who has had breast cancer and has completed treatment is welcome. Currently the team numbers more than 65 members.
Throughout the season (from May to October) we paddle at dragon boat festivals, mostly in Ontario, and in the winter we attend fitness classes together.
We are not just paddlers – some of us hike, bike or swim together and there are often team get-togethers. After just one season of paddling new members are often amazed at how much they have accomplished, both physically and mentally. We sing, we laugh and, sometimes, we cry together.
Come and join us, your sisters are waiting to welcome you.
If you would like information about Busting Out and the Dragon Boat program, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through the spirit of dragon boating, to assist survivors who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to regain a sense of health, wellness and self-confidence while demonstrating to the community that there is quality of life after the diagnosis of breast cancer.
Purpose / Objectives:
- To demonstrate that a full and active life is possible beyond the diagnosis of breast cancer and to help members rebuild their lives in a positive way.
- To provide an opportunity to be part of an athletic team and to share in the satisfaction of striving towards a common goal.
- To provide opportunities for members to experience joy, laughter and support.
- To raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection.