PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Kearny Breast Center has a new way to celebrate cancer survivors. Last month, the hospital unveiled a donated pink dragon boat dedicated to life after breast cancer, taking it to Vancouver Lake for a Zen Buddhist blessing and an inaugural lap around the water. The boat will make several community appearances before diving into competition in 2016.
The project stemmed from a local rower and breast cancer survivor, who worked with the Kearney Breast Center and the PeaceHealth Foundation to bring the boat to fruition. The boat is beautiful in that it is not only an artful tribute to those who fight cancer, but also a vehicle by which members of the community can stay healthy together. And much like rowing the boat, beating breast cancer takes a community working together. (Tim Pfarr)
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