They call themselves a sisterhood, a team bonded by a common battle: to overthrow and defeat the cancer that invaded their bodies.
The Pink Dragon Ladies of Tampa Bay are all breast cancer survivors, and they work together racing dragon boats.
The sport requires a team to work as one, propelling a slim elongated paddle boat across the water. A dozen or so women power the team. Through the years as more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer, so too have the teams grown.
In the last international competition in Canada, the Pink Dragon Ladies finished 10th out of 80 teams competing. The oldest of the Pink Dragon's is 75 and she is Sylvia Moss.
"It's like having another family actually," Sylvia said as she rested inside the boat during a training session. "There's life after cancer, and we're here to prove that."
One of the youngest team members is Eden McCan, who is 44 and has two teenage daughters.
Eden joined the team in the middle of treatment and raced even though she was going through grueling chemotherapy.
"I did the races bald. I just wanted them to see me being strong," Eden said.
Strength, determination, and courage drive the Pink Dragon Ladies. So are the memories of fellow teammates who fought but whose bodies succumbed to breast cancer. Their names are memorialized on concrete walls along the banks of the Hillsborough River where the team trains.
"I think I tear up every time I see those names out there. I just know there's some reason that I'm ok today," said Eden.
More Info: www.pinkdragonladies.org
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