Mental & Spiritual

You Are Never Alone

At Dragon Boat Charleston, our message is clear: You are never alone! As part of the Club, the Team and side by side in the boat, you always have someone who is there who understands where you have been and where you are going – literally and figuratively. Studies have shown that when cancer survivors are part of a team, that they have better health outcomes. Our mission is to promote mental health of cancer survivors. Becoming part of the team – and part of the DBC family – is how we do this.

What Our Paddlers Are Saying About DBC

  • Lynda, Cancer Survivor
    "I had no idea when I started paddling with DBC that it would become an essential part of my life. What started as having fun on the water in 2003 blossomed into a network of friends and a support group that kept me sane as I underwent surgery and chemo in 2005 and again in 2007. It’s an escape from the horrors of cancer, where I am accepted whether I am strong or weak."
    Lynda, Cancer Survivor
  • Belinda, Cancer Survivor
    "DBC provides a community that accepts everyone where they are physically, as well as emotionally, and allows them to fully participate in a true sport as a team member. Paddling provides a positive challenge for physical and emotional growth, combined with the beauty of the outdoors and just plain fun. It’s good medicine."
    Belinda, Cancer Survivor
  • Gene, Cancer Survivor
    "Having cancer revealed my physical vulnerability, produced great fear, and threatened my mortality. DBC enhances my physical strength and makes me fearless. The peacefulness of the water, the drum beating in time with my heart, and the communion between paddlers who have all faced a fearful foe, makes me feel immortal."
    Gene, Cancer Survivor
  • Lois
    "Water is an integral part of the Lowcountry. Getting outside to exercise is important for physical health and mental well-being. A person who has had surgery, been stuck in the infusion room or under a radiation machine (cut, poisoned and burned) doesn’t feel like doing anything. It sucks the strength from a person. You feel that you will never feel human again. You feel ruined. Dragon boating is an opportunity to get outdoors and become one with your body again. You start to feel like maybe you can overcome the cancer toll. You note your surroundings and realize what a great lifestyle the Lowcountry has. The exercise helps build your stamina and brightens your outlook on the future."
    Cancer Survivor

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Dragon Boat Charleston News & Events

January 22, 2019

Registration Now Open for 12th Annual Charleston Dragon Boat Festival

Thank you for your interest and support of Dragon Boat Charleston and our annual event that helps support our mission – the 12th Annual Dragon Boat […]
January 22, 2019

Cancer survivors show spirit and racing savvy in Dragon Boat events in Europe

Sitting in a doctor’s office in 2011, Laura Francis had no way of knowing her future would include capturing gold in an international boat racing competition. […]
January 22, 2019

Charleston Dragon Boat Festival

The Charleston Dragon Boat Festival returned to Brittlebank Park on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for its 10th year raising money for cancer survivor programs.     […]

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