Pink Phoenix http://www.pinkphoenix.org en Pinks and All That Jazz http://www.pinkphoenix.org/content/pinks-and-all-jazz <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Portland, OR  -- The voices of Jazz singers <strong>Marilyn Keller </strong>and <strong>Laura Cunard</strong> will fill the halls of Augustana Lutheran Church on February 3 in honor of those who have fought for their lives, and survived.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pinkphoenix.org/content/pinks-and-all-jazz"><em>Pinks and All That Jazz</em></a>, scheduled for Saturday, February 3, is a benefit for Portland’s own Pink Phoenix™ Dragon Boat Team, a group made up entirely of breast cancer survivors. </p> <p><strong>THE </strong><strong>EVENT</strong></p> <p>Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm</p> <p><strong>Augustana Lutheran Church, </strong>2710 NE 14th Street, Portland, OR 97212</p> <p><strong>Tickets</strong>: <a href="https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3212275">https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3212275</a></p> <p>Individuals, $20 each; two for $35, or $25 at the door.</p> <p><strong>THE PERFORMERS</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSAfxtYp-no" target="_blank">Marilyn Keller</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afsME7pn9bc" target="_blank">Laura Cunard</a></p> <p><!--break--></p> <p><strong>PINK PHOENIX™ </strong></p> <p>Pink Phoenix™ Dragon Boat Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a volunteer board and no paid employees. Pink Phoenix™ is a member of <a href="http://www.dragonsports.org/about-us.html">DragonSports USA</a>, the <a href="http://www.pdbausa.org/">Pacific Dragon Boat Association</a> and the <a href="http://ibcpc.com/">International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission</a>. More at <a href="http://www.pinkphoenix.org">http://www.pinkphoenix.org</a>.</p> <p>Dorothy Atwood started the team more than two decades ago in order to demonstrate the quality of life breast cancer survivors can achieve.  Although she had not battled the disease herself, Atwood, an avid dragon boat paddler, believed that the team could promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through the sport. She assembled the Pink Phoenix™ in 1997 and the team began competing the following year with 29 members.</p> <p>Coincidentally, it was 1997 when vocalist Marilyn Keller joined Black Swan Classic Jazz Band, quickly establishing a loyal following in the Dixieland and Ragtime scene. Today, Marilyn is a well-respected vocalist, recording artist, and teacher.  The list of places she performs includes a regular Sunday appearance in the Jazz Worship Service at Augustana Lutheran Church.</p> <p>The connection between Keller and Pink Phoenix is personal. Two of the members of the team also attend Augustana Lutheran Church.  Sue Best and Carol Reitz, both cancer survivors, have been fans of Keller’s for many years.  Recently, the two attended a fundraiser at the church and had an opportunity to bid on a Jazz concert offered by Keller and Laura Cunard.  When Best and Reitz secured the winning bid at the auction, they were delighted to pay it forward, using the concert as a way to raise funds for their Pink Phoenix teammates.</p> <p>Keller is performing with fellow Jazz singer Laura Cunard in support of the women who, despite their challenges, continue to grow and push themselves to live a full and healthy life.</p> <p>Since 1997, Pink Phoenix™ has grown from 29 original members to a team of over 90 women. The first dragon boat team of its kinds in the United States, Pink Phoenix™ has raced in Rose Festival every year since 1997.</p> <p>Lori Godfrey, President of Pink Phoenix™, said the group provides “social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors, and strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed.” </p> <p>Godfrey adds, “recent research indicates <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/exercise-cancer-patients">exercise</a> can also keep cancer from recurring.”</p> <p>“I hope the Pink Phoenix team will remind women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams,” she said.  “ <a href="http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/early-detection-of-breast-cancer">Early detection</a> saves lives. “</p> </div></div></div> Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:36:38 +0000 AdminCathy 423 at http://www.pinkphoenix.org http://www.pinkphoenix.org/content/pinks-and-all-jazz#comments Pink Phoenix: Quality of Life After Breast Cancer http://www.pinkphoenix.org/node/4 <div class="yoxview clearfix"> <div class="yoxview-image-preview"> <div class="field-type-image"> <a href="http://www.pinkphoenix.org/sites/default/files/field/image/1956830_10204504173500215_5946417356662968180_o%20-%20Edited.jpg"> <img src="http://www.pinkphoenix.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/1956830_10204504173500215_5946417356662968180_o%20-%20Edited.jpg?itok=uB5vILlY" alt="" title="Sarasota FL 2014"/> </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Pink Phoenix™ is the United States' first dragon boat team comprised solely of breast cancer survivors. Our mission:<strong> empowering breast cancer survivors through the sport of dragon boating</strong>. Our purpose is to demonstrate the quality of life breast cancer survivors can have; to promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through dragon boating; and to provide social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors. Pink Phoenix™ strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed and to serve as a reminder to women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams. <a href="http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/early-detection-of-breast-cancer" target="_blank">Early detection</a> is important and recent research indicates that <a href="http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/exercise-cancer-patients" target="_blank">exercise</a> can also keep cancer from recurring.</p> <!--break--><h3>The Pink Phoenix Story</h3> <p>If you have seen the Pink Phoenix™ Dragon Boat Team during the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race or at other races, you probably couldn't help but notice us; few other teams wear pink life jackets. The team is made up entirely of breast cancer survivors.</p> <p>Our name is inspired by the pink ribbons worn by breast cancer survivors and from the mythical bird that consumes itself in fire and rises from its own ashes-a triumphant symbol of rebirth and renewal of human spirit, not unlike the renewed commitment to life after surviving cancer or any life threatening disease.</p> <p>Pink Phoenix is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a volunteer board and no paid employees. Pink Phoenix is a member of <a href="http://www.dragonsports.org/about-us.html">DragonSports USA</a>, the <a href="http://www.pdbausa.org/">Pacific Dragon Boat Association</a> and the <a href="http://ibcpc.com/">International Breast Cancer Paddlers' Commission</a>. </p> <p><em><strong>History</strong></em><br /> The team was not founded by a breast cancer survivor, but by an avid dragon boat paddler, Dorothy Atwood, who was inspired by a team of blind paddlers. In November 1996, with help from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Dorothy sent letters to all survivors who registered for that year's Race for the Cure®. Picking the 1997 team was easy - the first 29 to pay dues became the founding members.</p> <p>None of the women had ever paddled before. They ranged in age from 29 to mid 60s and they were in different stages of physical fitness. For some it was the first form of exercise that sounded interesting enough to try. Some saw paddling as an exercise that would prove that they still had control over their bodies and that they could conquer this disease. Some were just finishing treatment so their physical strength was compromised. If that wasn't enough, various types of surgeries left some members with limited upper body movement. This didn't stop Dorothy. Her desire to share the sport she loved so much had her out several times a week from February through the end of summer teaching and training this new team.</p> <p>The team has grown from those first 29 members to more than ninety! Pink Phoenix™ has raced in Rose Festival every year since our first appearance in 1997. In 1998, the <a href="http://www.pinkphoenix.org/Outreach.htm#gorman">Gorman Cup Race</a> was added to the Rose Festival races. The race is named in memory of Pink Phoenix™ founding captain Michele Gorman, who died that spring. The Gorman Cup attracts other breast cancer survivor teams to Portland and is an exhibition race. Every year, Pink Phoenix™ invites non-paddling survivors to join us on the boat as we race across the Willamette River.</p> <p>Since Pink Phoenix™ was formed, the team has raced in venues around the world. We continue to compete with our sisters around the world while sharing our enthusiasm for life and for our new found sport.</p> </div></div></div> Sat, 01 Sep 2012 14:05:16 +0000 Mtnadmin 4 at http://www.pinkphoenix.org http://www.pinkphoenix.org/node/4#comments