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Here are some photos from the 2nd IBCPC Congress held at the Sarasota Festival

There are more photos in the
Second Congress Gallery

Jenny and Jane 
Congress delegates Jenny Eleanor
Refreshment Break Debate of IBCPC Paddler Definition Flowers for Jane lightbox for MACby v6.0
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.

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

See the book 'Our Stories'.

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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.

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.

Abreast In A Boat (AIAB) hosted a "paddle party" on June 13, 2015 in celebration of 20 years of paddling since it all began. AIBA thanks the many teams who held their own celebrations on the same day in their home communities. Thanks for your support and for contributions to the 20 Years Abreast Momento Book soon to be published.

Articles with medical information about exercise and breast cancer.
Check out four more medical publications just posted under medical information on the navigation bar.

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.

Abreast in a Boat A race against breast cancer, Donald C. McKenzie, MD., PhD.

Latest IBCPC Newsletter
November, 2015

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

"We're All in the Same Boat." A Review of the Benefits of Dragon Boat Racing for Women Living with Breast Cancer, Susan R. Harris.

How to Start a Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team

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Video. Internationally Abreast's Jubilee Pageant


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