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|About||As cancer survivors, we embrace the philosophy that exercise is medicine and we have found that Dragon Boat racing allows us the opportunity to nurture the athlete in each of us. We are SISTERS, aspiring to endure and thrive with grace under adversity.|
|Mission||The mission of Silver Lining Foundation is to help western Montana women diagnosed with breast cancer achieve and maintain wellness of mind, body and spirit. We are the first official Montana breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat team.|
In the spring of 2015, a small group of “sisters” began gathering out of a need to support each other in the aftermath of breast cancer treatment. A few of us had met during chemo, others were referred by friends. It evolved very organically. We were brought together by the commonality of being in the trenches together and trying to decipher how to move forward after the “battle”--post-mastectomies, post-chemo, post-radiation, post-the life that we used to know.
What started as a need to come together and support each other has grown to over 70 members who now meet once a month. The content of our gatherings include educational speakers, sharing meals and focusing on moving forward in the most healthful way we know how—DRAGON BOAT RACING!
Dragon boat racing originated in China over 2000 years ago and is actually an Olympic sport, as well. In 1996, a Canadian physician published a paper that challenged the long-held medical belief that vigorous, upper-body exercise would lead to lymphedema in women who were at risk due to treatments for breast cancer. That study supported the hypothesis that dragon boat paddling is not only SAFE for women recovering from conventional breast cancer therapies but also showed that dragon boating has been embraced as a complementary exercise therapy by the cancer survivors in this magical sport. From that advent of the world’s first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team in 1996, there are now more than 140 breast cancer dragon boat teams worldwide. And Silver Linings is the first team representing the great state of Montana.
Since that first gathering just a few years back, our Silver Lining numbers are growing all too quickly. In these past two years, we have lost 3 of our sisters, one of whom was one of our founding members. We know this is the reality of this disease we have all faced but we also know that our sisterhood is the Silver Lining…. and our camarade