Annual Dragon Boat Festival hopes to raise $200,000 to support cancer programs in Vermont

Annual Dragon Boat Festival hopes to raise $200,000 to support cancer programs in Vermont

Annual Dragon Boat Festival was organized on Sunday by Dragonheart Vermont and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. The event, which was organized on Lake Champlain, witnessed local and international dragon boat teams.

A local team WND&WVS won the Champ Award. The team received medals after successfully completing the race. Money raised during the event would be used for cancer programs in the state. The event is being carried out for more than 11 years and since then it has raised $1.65 million for Vermont cancer-related programs.

In 2015, the funds were used to help 55 free wellness classes for cancer survivor on monthly basis. Dragonheart Executive Director Linda Dyer shared that Dragonheart Vermont team comprises of a cancer survivors and supports of survivors.

In total, there were eight additional cancer survivor teams and another 64 community teams. Megan Peek, the manager of community relations and health education at the Vermont branch, was of the view, Breast cancer and cancer survival impacts a huge number of people, so we feel very connected to that entire experience that people go through”.

Peek affirmed that more than 10% of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont's workforce takes part in the festival. Organizers hope to raise around $200,000 this year so they could continue to help cancer patients and survivors in Vermont.

Ten of the competing teams waves sunflowers in remembrances of those who lost their lives to cancer. Phyllis Bartling, captain of the Baystate ‘Support Oars’ said that the event is quite close to her heart. Her son and daughter-in-law take part in the race. This time, they even brought along their nine-week-old twins in the festival.

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