Paddling with a Purpose!

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Raised by 331 people in 8 months
Paddling with a Purpose! 

We are breast cancer survivors.
And we have found a way to change ourselves from 'survivors' into 'Warriors'.

The Annapolis Dragon Boat Foundation has taught us to work together with our supporters, to focus on teamwork and power, and to support each other in and out of the boat. The friendship and support we draw from this experience are now an irreplaceable part of reclaiming and reshaping our lives.
To share this experience, we continually reach out to other cancer survivors. Not just with empathy, but with a paddle and a drum beat, and a call to join us on what is already an amazing journey.

And now we need your help. To increase our outreach, to strengthen more lives, to serve others, to keep our dragon boats moving forward -we need your help.
On August 26, in Annapolis Harbor, we will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for speed paddling a half marathon. To support that effort, we're asking everyone we know -and many more we do not know -to pledge to this gofundme campaign. The funds are used to expand our outreach, manage the club and to safely maintain the boats (and purchase new ones as we grow).

Though we are small, we have a huge mission. 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives. Alarmingly, this figure has doubled in the last decade. As survivors, we are immensely grateful to the doctors and researchers who have prolonged our lives. But when the treatments end, often with life-long side effects, we need a positive force to move us forward as we creat our new 'normal'.
This is exactly why the Annapolis Dragon Boat Foundation was created.

We are run entirely by volunteers. In a few short years we have filled one boat, then a second. We have a lot of fun and compete in races up and down the East Coast. In 2018 our goal is to compete in the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission Festival in Florence, Italy.

But the real prize for us is a meaningful, passionate life.
That can take many forms, but for us it is a dragon boat with 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer to keep pace.

Please help to spread this vitality and joy as we grow our community of Warriors. Your donation to this campaign makes all this possible.
For every donation of $100 or more, we will send you a dragon boat poster designed for the foundation by renowned artist Nancy Hammond.
Thank you and come paddle with us!
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See our Warriors video here.
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We so appreciate all your support this year during our successful attempt to set a Guinness World Record. Please enjoy our video, have a happy holiday season and stay fit until we are on the water again. Next year we will be competing in Italy as the Maryland team in the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission Festival in Florence. Cherish your loved ones and our team mates. -Paddles up!
Thank you to all our supporters.
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To all our supporters, we are thrilled to tell you that on a beautiful Saturday morning in near perfect conditions, we paddled the half marathon of 13.1094 miles with a breast cancer survivor crew in an incredible 2 hours, 49 minutes and 59 seconds. We crossed the finish line under a fire boat spray and celebrated on the dock with our supporters. Most importantly, the publicity that we have received has raised the profile of the Annapolis Dragon Boat Club and we have already been contacted by more survivors who we can serve. Your donations enable us to do that and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.
Our Guinness crew
Crossing the finish line.
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Many of you would like to hear our stories, click on the link below to hear from us, ...from the dragons' mouth!
Why do we do this?
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$24,028 of $44,000 goal

Raised by 331 people in 8 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Annapolis Dragon Boat Foundation Inc
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Annapolis, MD
EIN: 272844579
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