Today we are sharing our blog with one of our non-profit clients who does great things in the Portland/Vancouver area- not only for breast cancer survivors, but to help remind everyone to get mammograms and do monthly self exams. Read on to learn more about Pink PhoenixTM from our guest blogger Ilene McMurray.
Pink Phoenix™ is the United States’ first dragon boat team consisting entirely of breast cancer survivors. A competitive team, it was organized in 1996 with the mission to enhance breast cancer awareness and to provide hope for survivors that there is quality of life after breast cancer. Our purpose is to demonstrate that special quality of life; to promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through dragon boating. We also provide social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors. Through outreach activities, media recognition and public visibility, Pink Phoenix™ strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed and to enhance breast cancer awareness serving as a reminder to women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams. Teammates find strength and quality of life by paddling together while having the common thread of a breast cancer diagnosis. We treat each with respect, dignity, compassion and foster personal growth, teaching and learning. Pink Phoenix welcomes all breast cancer survivors from the surrounding Portland/Vancouver areas, newly diagnosed to long-time survivor, all ages, and all abilities.
We participate joyfully and celebrate life
This year we have purchased 2 banners and a flag from Barefoot Swag. They were selected so our location at whatever venue we are at can be easily located. Our Pink PhoenixTM logo has been prominently printed on all of them in so our team is easily identifiable at all our race venues. We selected a mesh banner that is more easily transported to away venues as it is lighter and dries more quickly in case of inclement weather. We also use our banners at outreach events such as Race for the Cure, Row for the Cure, The Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference, The Advancements in Breast Cancer Conference, The Healthcare Provider and Sponsor Paddle, and the Portland Pickles Breast Cancer Awareness Game.
We have also used fun items like the pop open fans to cool us off at hot venues, fun sunglasses that turn pink in the sunlight and fandanas. These items are both functional to the team members at events and increase our visibility and help spread awareness.