Paddle with Purpose
Meet Dallas United PINK
Saturday, April 2nd @ 11:00am—Noon
Ridgewood Park UMC
6445 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX
If you have been around White Rock Lake on a Saturday morning, you may have seen a group of women, paddling in unison on a 40 foot long boat to the rhythmic beat of a drummer who is perched on the bow. Meet Dallas United PINK — the area’s first Breast Cancer Survivors’ Dragon Boat Team. If you are a breast cancer survivor seeking an exceptional opportunity to join a community of women who understand the journey, value the benefits of exercise, bond over brunch, and love to compete — Dallas United PINK is for YOU!
The ancient sport of dragon boating began in China over 2,000 years ago. The discovery of its benefits for breast cancer survivors, however, has been much more recent. In 1996, a sports medicine physician, Dr. Don McKenzie from the University of British Columbia, discovered the benefits of paddling for overall health following cancer treatments, and that it actually helped women avoid lymphedema (a common side-effect). Since the formation of the first team in Canada, the International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission (IBCPC) now has over 250 registered teams worldwide, including Dallas United PINK.
Why do we paddle? It’s an effective, full-body workout combining range of motion, muscle strength and cardio. However, the benefits go beyond the physical. The camaraderie that develops between teammates — most of whom began as strangers — often proves more valuable than the calories burned or muscles toned. With each race, each practice, each drum beat, we become stronger as individuals and as a team.
Where do we paddle? We paddle on White Rock Lake in Dallas on Saturday mornings from March thru October. We also participate in a number of festivals against other Breast Cancer Survivor Teams in places like Irving, Sugarland, Texarkana, Oklahoma City, and even New Zealand! That’s right — the 2023 IBCPC festival will be held in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand and Dallas United PINK will be competing.
We invite you to join us for an informational meeting if you would like more details. There is absolutely no experience necessary. You do not have to be an athlete to become a skilled dragon boater. Our team features women from 40-70+, some of whom are 20 year survivors and some still in active treatment. There is a seat for everyone on our boat! Paddles Up!