The Lake Superior Dragon Boat races are on Saturday, the 23rd at Barker’s Island. It is always a festive event with the opening of the dragon ceremony and parade on Friday, the 22nd. Everyone is lined up on the dock. The beer tents will be open. The Optimist Club has a pancake breakfast on Saturday, the 23rd. There is a craft sale at the end, near Barker’s Island Restaurant on Saturday the 23rd. There is a lot of fun to be had at this event. Teams do make the difference. There is so much excitement. I remember one year our team won a paddle.
Registration fees for teams, a % of a booth, and beer sales monies go to the Rotary. Years ago I wrote an article about all the donations that the Rotary has given to youth programs locally. It is enough to blow your mind away. I got worn out typing it. They truly do make a difference.
Each year they have a charity party and for as many years as I can remember, except the first year I was on the Survivor Sistership team, the money goes to Essentia. That year it went somewhere else.
Three breast cancer survivors (including myself) started their own teams, survivors and supporters, The Many Faces of Breast Cancer teams. We participate under the title of the non-profit, Circle of Hope, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. This is not a fundraiser for us, we do it for the fun of it. It is one of many sports activities we participate in. Others include golf , walking, running , jumping , and bowling teams. Circle of Hope pays daily living expenses for breast cancer patients going through treatment and medical bills related to that diagnosis. They do provide educational resources for gynecological cancer patients but no financial help. They have other missions as well. Thank you to our supporters above on the shirts.
The Charity Partner is Essentia this year, and they are raising money for integrate health and therapies for all cancer patients, an accessible online educational tool for patients, and dietary instruction and educational resources for all cancer patients. Some of the tools will include ipad learning programs in the waiting areas, online support groups, and audio tapes related to cancer.