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Feb. 23, 2024

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Paddle for Life raises $8,000 for breast cancer patients

The Columbian

RIDGEFIELD — The dragon boat charity organization Paddle For Life recently presented the Catch-22 Breast Cancer Survivors Dragon Boat Team with a $8,000 check from a fundraiser held in Ridgefield last month.

Breast cancer is the number one cause of cancer in women who live in Clark County and one in eight women will experience breast cancer in their lifetimes. With statistics like this, the Catch-22 Dragon Boat Team breast cancer survivors’ division will use the money to build and maintain a breast cancer survivor’s paddling community in Southwest Washington.

Participation in the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boating is an international movement for breast cancer survivors. The fun and rigorous sport helps those who have experienced breast cancer improve fitness and lower the risk of lymphedema, a painful complication that often occurs following surgery and/or radiotherapy. The sport helps women who have experienced breast cancer take back control of their lives thanks to the healing power of water, exercise, community, and the unique camaraderie of connecting and competing with other survivors.

At the check presentation, breast cancer survivor and Catch-22 dragon boat paddler Tamara Greenwell said, “Our team is immensely thankful for this generous donation from Paddle For Life! Fighting cancer is hard and rebuilding a life after cancer can be even more challenging. I often say that the doctors and nurses helped save my life, and the dragon boating community helped save my spirit.”