Ribbons of Hope is a dragon boat team comprised of breast
cancer survivors based in Barrie. Through our Dragon Boat
races and participation in the Run for the Cure, we raise
public awareness of breast cancer and show that there is life
after breast cancer. We provide other survivors with a strong
message of hope, inspiration and encouragement.
team is made up of 40 females and we are always trying to
recruit new members. Last year we participated in 2 races,
Midland and Barrie. We received the Spirit Award for the team
with the best spirit at the 2nd Annual Barrie Festival. Along
with 4 other survivor teams we participated in the Breast
Cup Challenge followed by an extremely moving flower ceremony
in which we toss pink carnations into the water in memory
of those who are not able to paddle with us anymore.
part of the Barrie Festival we are asked to raise money for
charity and our team raised over $14,000 for the new Regional
Cancer Centres at Barrie and Newmarket.
team is hoping to participate in 3 races this year (Midland,
North Bay & Barrie) and some members are fundraising to
go to Vancouver to participate in the 10th Anniversary of
"Abreast in a Boat" (the first Breast Cancer Survivor's
team in Canada).