Spirit Abreast dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors

The Fraser Valley teams raises funds and awareness

Members of the Spirit Abreast dragon boat team participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Abbotsford on Oct. 4.

Members of the Spirit Abreast dragon boat team participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Abbotsford on Oct. 4.

The Spirit Abreast dragon boat team, which includes members from Abbotsford, has been involved in several activities for October’s Breast Cancer Action Month.

The team participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Abbotsford on Oct. 4 and raised $4,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

They were also at the West Coast Women’s Show at Tradex from Oct. 16 to 18, promoting a positive message of recovery and renewal with the CBCF.

The team has also been raising funds for the CBCF by holding Pink Ribbon Teas in various locations.

Spirit Abreast is the first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in the Fraser Valley, and members come from several communities.

They team up with fellow paddlers and teams throughout the world in practices, regattas and festivals to support, celebrate and inspire cancer patients and their families.

Spirit Abreast holds its annual fundraiser on Nov. 14 at the Best Western Rainbow Inn in Chilliwack at 5:30 p.m. and their annual general meeting in December.

Breast cancer survivors who are interested in joining the team can contact Jean, the team president, at 604-792-6259 or email jean-o@telus.net.

Those interested in sponsoring the supporting the team can contact captain and fundraising chair Cathy Terpstra at cathymterpstra@hotmail.com.