Submitted by Mtnadmin on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 07:05
Pink Phoenix™ is the United States' first dragon boat team consisting solely of breast cancer survivors. Our mission is to enhance breast cancer awareness and to provide hope for survivors that there is quality life after breast cancer.
Twenty-some guests, several Pink Phoenix alumni and breast cancer survivors from other teams joined Pink Phoenix to fill four boats for the Gorman Cup, the team's annual community event held during the Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race. Many participants dug through the Pink Phoenix treasure trunk to find pink boas, pink plastic lei's and outrageous hats to wear for the exhibition race.
Pink Phoenix will have two crews competing in this weekend's Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races on the Willamette River. There won't be any other BCS teams at the festival which puts our crews up against some very fine local teams.
In China, the Dragon Boat Festival is a cultural holiday occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month (June 2 in 2014). Recognizing the Double Fifth holiday, Pink Phoenix members learned the legend of Qu Yuan (read about him below) and left rice on the Willamette River today, honoring a traditional Chinese ritual.
Local breast cancer survivors are invited to join Pink Phoenix members, paddlers from other dragon boat teams and other non-paddlers for the Gorman Cup, a fire-breathing, ferocious yet friendly race across the Willamette. Oh, the adrenalin!
We have a sweet mother & daughter story for you on this Mother’s Day. Please join Pink Phoenix in congratulating our teammate Marisol and her daughter Ariel