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Welcome to the International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission
The IBCPC is an international organisation whose mandate is to encourage the establishment of breast cancer dragon boat teams, within the framework of participation and inclusiveness. We support the development of recreational dragon boat paddling as a contribution to a healthy life style for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
As the breast cancer dragon boat movement grows internationally, we have a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and about life after breast cancer. We know a full and and active life is possible. The IBCPC was created to spread this message.
Together we are stronger, our voices are louder and the message is clearer.

Being part of the IBCPC provides breast cancer survivors with the opportunity to network with international teams. This enables the teams to share information, receive regular newsletters and updates, and also to share best practices with other teams and to interact with fellow paddlers around the world.

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Betty Solley, an IBCPC director, breast cancer survivor and avid paddler in Philadelphia, USA,
tells her story about discovering her dragon passion. Check out The Dragon Lady.
See video.

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It’s Florence, Italy!
Site of the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Festival

Firenze in Rosa is busy planning for the 5th IBCPC festival set for July or August 2018. Watch for the launch of registration and the official website on October 1, 2016. In the meantime, check out the second bulletin all about the registration process (link ) and the event's FaceBook page at

Ti aspettiamo a Firenze…Please come to Florence.

Second Annual Pink Tea Party

Second Annual Pink Tea Party Miami Florida, 2016.

On September 29, 2016, Dr. Don McKenzie spoke at the Second Annual Pink Tea Party, presented by the Miami Cancer Institute at the South Florida YMCA. Dr. McKenzie spoke about his groundbreaking research that has led to and sustained the international dragon boat movement for breast cancer survivors. Standing with him is Kim Bonomo, IBCBC Steering Committee member and President of Save our Sisters (SOS) Miami Dragon Boat Racing Team. The inspiring quote on the poster is Kim's from five years ago!

An interview with Kim can be found here.


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A New Continent!  
IBCPC is thrilled to welcome four new breast cancer survivor teams in Argentina!

Welcome Remeras Rosas La Plata, PodeRosa, Rosas de Plata and Rosas Del Limay.

Six IBCPC members from Canada and the USA traveled to Argentina to mentor and orient the teams. They also joined the dragon boat launch event, the medal giving, the first carnation ceremony in South America, and, many emotional and unforgettable moments. 

Watch a video of the launch event here:

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Argentina Welcomes Abreast In A Boat

Vancouver paddlers run training sessions and make wonderful new friends on the sixth continent to welcome breast cancer paddlers. See a report.

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The 20 Years Abreast Celebration Memento is now available.
Almost 100 teams produced a submission acknowledging their team's history and sending good wishes to breast cancer paddlers all around the world.

See the book 'Our Stories'.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.Get a printed version of 'Our Stories'.
Shop in different countries using the flag navigation at the top right of the LuLu page
to change the store then search 'Our Stories IBCPC'.

Voyage with a Dragon (video)
Meet three breast cancer 'thrivers' who show you how to find the motivation to get back in physical shape and how to find the support and activity that help make living and laughing come easily again.
Check out this upbeat documentary by Gretchen Kelbaugh that tells the personal stories of three women diagnosed with breast cancer, Mary Eliza, Carolyn and Vivian who were part of the beginnings of Breasts Ahoy, one of New Brunswick's first two dragon boat teams of breast cancer survivors. 
You can see the video here on Youtube.
Music "Out of the Shadows" by Sarah McLachlan

A Celebration of 20 Years of Paddling.

The Origins of Breast Cancer Paddling
Dr. Don McKenzieDo you know the story behind the breast cancer paddling movement? Did you know that Dr. Don McKenzie, a professor at the University of British Columbia, started it all through a study about the impact of repetitive upper body exercise on women with breast cancer? At the time it was believed that it would create or exacerbate lymphedema. Dr McKenkie set out to prove this theory wrong. Read more.

Sandy Smith

The Sandy Smith Global Race is an important tradition at International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission (IBCPC) Participatory Festivals. Here is the story of how it came into being. Sandy Smith was a major reason many of us from around the world were at the first of the Participatory Festivals in Vancouver, Canada in 2005, in Caloundra, Australia in 2007, Peterborough, Canada in 2010, and Sarasota, Florida, USA in 2014. Click here to find out more.

Latest IBCPC Newsletter
November, 2016

'Our Stories',
The 20 Years Abreast Celebration Memento Book

How to Start a Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team

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