Local paddlers have been practicing their strokes for the 8th Annual Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park from 8:30 am to 3 pm. It’s all for fun, friendly competition, and to raise money for Dragonheart Vermont and Survivorship NOW, its cancer wellness program.
The festival has become one of Vermont’s most popular summer events with over 6,000 paddlers and spectators annually. Admission to the festival is free. There’s music, entertainment, food vendors, a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, and more. The core of Dragonheart Vermont’s mission is to give back to the community, and over the last seven years the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival has donated over $655,000 to critical cancer programs in Vermont.
This year, festival proceeds will support Survivorship NOW, Dragonheart’s Network On Wellness, which helps to bridge the gap cancer survivors face between treatment and recovery. Survivorship NOW provides free opportunities for therapeutic programs, exercise classes, education, and networking to help cancer survivors and their caregivers be healthier and live well after diagnosis. These empowering classes have the strong endorsement of cancer survivors, doctors, and health care institutions in the area. Visit www.survivorshipnowvt.org for complete program information.
Linda Dyer, Executive Director of Dragonheart Vermont, works tirelessly throughout the year to promote the work of her organization. “Our Dragonheart organization is excited about putting our efforts toward helping to promote more opportunities for wellness for cancer survivors in our community. As a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization, we have seen firsthand how valuable fitness, camaraderie, and connection can be. Our hope is that all cancer survivors in our community will have the chance to get the programs needed to live each day to the fullest.”