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HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER DRAGON BOATING

 

In 1995, Dr. Don McKenzie, a sport medicine physician at the University of British Columbia, started researching the issue of rehabilitation following diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  Current opinion had prevailed that the avoidance of strenuous exercise was necessary to prevent lymphedema or swelling of the arm where lymph nodes had been removed.

 

Dr. McKenzie believed that upper body exercise has a role in recovery from breast cancer and lymphedema because it can improve range of motion and reverse muscle atrophy, activate skeletal muscle (which may help pump lymph) and stimulate the immune system.

OUR MISSION

  • Assist people who have been treated for breast cancer to understand that they can lead full active lives, despite the physical limitations imposed by this disease

  • Improve the quality of life for people who have had breast cancer

  • Raise awareness about breast cancer

  • Promote the pursuit of a cure

 

TEAM FOUNDERS

 

In 1998, a group of women consisting of Judy Hodson, Happy Campbell, Bev Billehaug, Judy Stephens, Carole McCutcheon, Marie-Louise Baillie & Jacqui Mills decided they needed a sport that would support breast cancer survivors in the Kelowna area. Thus Bust'N Loose was formed.

 

OUR BOAT  "MURIEL'S SPIRIT"

 

After researching and pursuing the idea of purchasing our own boat, miraculously an email came to our website entitled, "Would you like your own boat?" 

 

It was discovered that Mrs. Muriel Needham's wish was to provide the Kelowna Breast Cancer Paddling Team with a dragon boat. Her children Donna and Jack carried out her wishes and we became the proud owners of our own boat, which we christened "Muriel's Spirit."

 

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