Dragon boating to beat cancer at 2nd annual Carolina Celebration Cup

Dragon boating to beat cancer at 2nd annual Carolina Celebration Cup

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Dragon boaters paddled towards the finish at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island.

With a little friendly competition, the teams rallied for cancer survivors in this month of awareness for breast cancer.

Dragon Boat Charleston hosted their 2nd annual Carolina Celebration Cup.

"I'm a 4 year breast cancer survivor," said Charline Magnone, a team member of the Healing Dragons dragon boat team.

There were many teams made up of survivors and supporters of all ages and even those currently battling the disease.

"Amazing, it's indescribable, I don't know how to describe it," said Magnone.

Magnone and her teammates were among many from the southeast region paddling at fast speeds across the water.

Magnone said, "It's nice to be able to have a relationship with people who understand what you've gone through."

The Carolina Celebration Cup is free to all 8 teams thanks to a fundraiser done earlier this year. About 70 teams hit the water then to raise money promoting the physical and mental wellness of cancer survivors.

Dragon Boat of Charleston Executive Director Meagan Labriola said, "It's just kind of considered a floating support group. It's just another way to kind of get yourself back into shape and connect with community of people who understand what you've been through and can help you through it."

Jan Kuhn Healing Dragons team captain said, "I am a 21 year breast cancer survivor this month. We share stories, we've all been there, and done that and we laugh."

Through the laughter and fun, the dragon boaters are there to support each other in their journey ahead.

Kuhn said, "We fought the fight of our life, but we're still strong, we're still out there, we're active and we can kick some butt on that boat."

Dragon boating is not only open to cancer survivors but also those who are battling the disease and community members who want to show support.

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