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Scores of breast cancer survivors join dragon boat team

A group of Ohio breast cancer survivors have taken to the seas to give each other support and comfort, according to WKYC News.

The Dragon Boat Dream Team boasts 70 members and 40 active paddlers who participate in local dragon boat festivals and competitions. The eager athletes practice three times a week and, not so surprisingly, dress in the color pink.

"It's powerful, uplifting. It's like strength," Lynn Fritz, a survivor of the disease, told the news outlet.

Started in 2007, the team was conceived by breast cancer survivor Jessica Mader and her enthusiastic plastic surgeon, Dr Douglas Wagner. Mader was an accomplished dragon boat racer and wanted to relive her love of the sport.

Three years after its conception, the group provides a place for other survivors to confide in one another. Still, many choose not to fixate on the past.

"We don't ever talk about it," Fritz told the news outlet. "We don't have to relive it. We're mostly just very joyful that we're out here and alive, living life to the fullest."

Dragon boating was started 2,000 years ago in China. Currently, there are over 100 breast cancer survivor groups in the United States who use the unique sport as a form of therapy.ADNFCR-2795-ID-19835275-ADNFCR
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