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Original Abreast In A Boat Team with Dr. Don McKenzie

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Dr. Don McKenzie, a sports medicine physician at the University of British Columbia, launched Abreast In A Boat in 1996 to test the myth that repetitive upper-body exercise in women treated for breast cancer encourages lymphedema. Dr. McKenzie believed that by following a special exercise and training program, women could avoid lymphedema and enjoy active, full lives. As they followed his program, they were carefully monitored by a sports medicine physician, a physiotherapist and a nurse.  Dr McKenzie's theory was proven correct. No new cases of lymphedema occurred and none of the existing cases became worse. From a medical study involving one boat of 25 women in 1996, the organization has now grown to include five boats based in Vancouver and has inspired many other teams to form.

BC Dragon Boat Groups
  • Abreast in a Boat (Vancouver - 1996)                                                                 
  • Abreast of Life CVI (Central Vancouver Island - 1999)                                   
  • Angels Abreast (Ladysmith/Nanaimo, Vancouver Island - 2001)
  • Abreast in the Rockies (Cranbrook - 2006)                                                                
  • Buoyant Buddies(Vernon - 2004)                                                  
  • Bustn' Loose  (Kelowna - 1999)                                                 
  • North Shore Dragon Busters (North Vancouver - 2001)                                 
  • Dragon Divas (Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island - 2004)      
  • Friends Abreast (Shuswap - 2002)                                            
  • Hope Afloat - Canada (Comox - 2002)                                                  
  • Island Breaststrokers (Victoria - 1997)                                                  
  • Kootenay Rhythm Dragons (Nelson - 2004)                                                   
  • Kootenay Robusters (Trail - 2001)                                                    
  • Northbreast Passage (Prince George - 2003)                                    
  • Paddling for Life (Powell River - 2002)                                      
  • Pink Panthers (Nanaimo)                                              
  • Pink Piston Paddlers (Salmon Arm - 2006)                                          
  • Rainbow Warriors (Prince Rupert - 2004)                                      
  • River Spirit (Campbell River - 2003)                                 
  • Spirit Abreast  (Chilliwack - 2002)                                            
  • Survivorship (South Okanagan - 2000)                                
  • Sunshine Dragons Abreast  (Sechelt - 2005)                                            

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BC Lymphedema Association
PO Box 34527, Pemberton Plaza PO
North Vancouver, BC  V7P 1T0

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