The 4th annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival will take place on Saturday, May 14 at Brittlebank Park. If you aren’t familiar with Dragon Boat racing, you’ll want to witness these 41 foot elaborately decorated paddle boats manned by crews of 20 paddlers and a drummer. Originating in ancient China, these dragon boats are the world’s largest flat water racing canoes. The mission of Dragon Boat Charleston is to promote physical and mental wellness among cancer survivors and their community.
MUSC will be sponsoring one boat and 3 other boats will be paddled by MUSC staff, patients, doctors and nurses. The paddlers must move in unison and combine strength and teamwork to successfully compete in the races.
There is an emerging body of research suggesting that physical activity has a positive effect on quality of life following a cancer diagnosis and into survivorship. With this in mind, Hollings Cancer Center in 2005 founded Dragon Boat Charleston, a unique program for cancer survivors that brought a 2,000-year-old sport to South Carolina. The program captured the hearts and minds of many and found much success.
Dragon Boat Charleston now operates independently of Hollings but remains available to our patients. For more information, please contact Sterling Hannah at 843-442-6167 or visit www.dragonboatcharleston.org
The Saturday event promises a day of fun with friends, family and co-workers. The Festival runs from 8 am to 5 pm and you’ll be able to see over 60 teams paddling for glory – and for conquering cancer.