ICA participates in Israel's first-ever Dragon Boat Festival on the sea of Galilee on May 18, 2012

23/05/2012 15:10:23

The Israel Cancer Association (ICA) participated in the Dragon Boating Festival on the Sea of Galilee on May 18, 2012, with two Dragon Boats steered by breast cancer patients and survivors - "Yad Lehachlama" (Reach to Recovery) volunteers.


This festival originated in China thousands of years ago; and today, these races take place in 70 countries around the world, with food and music festivals surrounding this fun-filled and colorful event.


Reach to Recovery Close up picture


Dragon boat races have attracted many professional paddlers as well as amateur and inexperienced paddlers, and each boat seats 20, in addition to a navigator and a drummer, who sets the pace with his/her voice, or according to the beat of the drum.


Dragon Boats Festival


The Israeli Dragon Boat Festival is a joint UIA Federations Canada and Jewish Community of Ottawa, Canada initiative. Among the paddlers was a group of women belonging to "Yad Lehachlama" - "Reach to Recovery" - a volunteer organization which is part of ICA. Volunteer breast cancer survivors who have been specially trained, provide consultation, visit patients in hospitals, provide support and consultation regarding prostheses, etc., free of charge.


Reach to Recovery Group Picture


These breast cancer patients and survivors participated in paddling activity which mainly involved the upper portion of the body, and has been scientifically shown to increase the range of motion, activate the muscular and skeletal system as well as depleted muscles, boosts the immune system, and get the lymphatic system back in working order.


Additionally, the team spirit and feeling of "togetherness" contributed to patients' and survivors' emotional reinforcement so that they can better cope with the disease and its implications.


This activity was partially funded by Roche Pharmaceuticals, the company orchestrating the "Roche Lends a Hand" project.


Big-Bullet-SQR.gif To contact "Yad Lehachlama" volunteers, please call: 1-800-36-07-07.