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.
It’s Florence, Italy!
Site of the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission (IBCPC) Festival The IBCPC is pleased to announce the Florence Dragon Lady Team led the successful bid for the 5th international participatory festival. This bid was supported by Pink Butterfly-Rome, Dragonette-Turin, Donna Piu Latino, Trifoglio Rosa-Mestre, Astro Dragon Lady Empoli, Forza Rosa Donne 2000-Cavallino and Pink Lioness-Venice.
This bid is also supported by the City of Florence, the City of Barberino del Mugello, the Tuscan Region, Canottieri Comunali Firenze, the Italian National Olympic Committee and the Italian Dragon Boat Federation.
The international panel of judges thanks all the bidders for their excellent submissions and for the hospitality they each demonstrated to the IBCPC team that visited each of the sites.
The event will take place between the months of June and September in 2018. Dates and registration details will be available next year in 2016.
Your Invitation to Celebrate 20 Years of breast cancer paddling with Abreast In A Boat.
Articles with medical information about exercise and breast cancer.
Check out four more medical publications just posted under medical information on the navigation bar.
IBCPC is excited about sharing three links to important internet resources about breast cancer.
Check them out.
The keynote speaker at the 2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon BoatFestival, Dr. Susan Love, spoke with passion and excitement about the importance of participating in research studies, and how these studies will be strong contributors to a future without breast cancer.
Take a look at current projects on the Army of Women website (a project of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation), and get involved: http://www.armyofwomen.org.
2. http://www.breastcancer.orgBreastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Marisa Weiss, M.D.is the founder, president, and a breast cancer oncologist with more than 20 years of practice in the Philadelphia
region. Dr. Weiss has authored books on breast cancer and breast health and as a renowned leader in the field has made several guest appearances on television shows such as ABCs Good Morning America, CNN, and Dr. OZ
3. http://www.livingbeyondbreastcancer.com Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a national nonprofit education and support organization serving women and families affected by breast cancer. LBBC's mission is to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.
The Origins of Breast Cancer Paddling
Do 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.
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.