The International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission’s Dragon Boat Festival is coming to Sarasota in 2014!

Uniquely You, a Mastectomy Boutique is proud to be a part of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC) Dragon Boat Festival and Races in Sarasota in October, 2014 (the very first time this event will be held in the USA!!).

Breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling began as a research project at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada in 1996 under Professor Dr. Don McKenzie. His research challenged the prevailing medical thinking that women treated for breast cancer should avoid rigorous upper body exercise for fear of developing lymphedema. After the conclusion of his research, not one of his research participants developed any signs of lymphedema and were found to be more fit and healthier! Following his research, Breast cancer dragon boat racing ignited a movement that inspired what has now become the IBCPC. The IBCPC has held three dragon boat festivals since then with teams gathering from all over the world. These festivals were held in Vancouver (2005), British Columbia (2007), in Caloundra, Australia, and in Peterborough, Canada (2010).

With an estimated 2,500 women gathering from all over the world, this event is projected to be the largest gathering of Breast Cancer Survivors ever! Events for this festival include opening ceremonies, a parade, two full days of dragon boat races, as well as many other workshops, including exercise programs, lymphedema seminars, fun and crazy team-building workshops, and much more!

Sarasota is going to begin their own Breast Cancer Dragon Boat team! If you are interested please contact Angela Long at

During this wonderful festival many volunteers will be needed! If you are interested in helping out or would like additional information please Contact Samantha at Uniquely You, at 941-243-3856 or email or visit the Sarasota Dragon Boat Festivals Website at




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