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Dragon paddlers aim to raise awareness of breast cancer at Thursday event

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today file photo

Pete Fisher/Northumberland Today file photo

NORTHUMBERLAND — October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the local Survivor Thrivers breast-cancer dragon boat team reminds you no one has to take that journey alone.

Team members will be part of the Oct. 25 Beyond Breast Cancer event taking place at Northumberland Hills Hospital from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Along with the displays the hospital is arranging, they will make everyone aware of local initiatives available to any woman who needs them.

One of those would be the Northumberland Breast Cancer Support Group, which meets the second Wednesday of each month in Port Hope at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Elias Street, at 6:30 p.m. The team believes this group, which offers one-on-one peer support as well as a monthly meeting, is an important source of support for breast cancer patients and survivors, for whom the journey through treatment and recovery can be lonely, frightening and painful.

Team members will also be making people aware of other supports available to breast-cancer patients and survivors such as the fitness classes at the Cobourg Community Centre and the offer of four weeks free paddling with the Team for breast cancer survivors.

The Team also hopes to identify needs of breast cancer patients and survivors in the community that are not currently being met. 

If you can’t make it to Beyond Breast Cancer, you can find the Survivor Thrivers online at