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Internationally Abreast - Exercise as Medicine

Internationally Abreast - Exercise as Medicine

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Internationally Abreast - Exercise as Medicine offers inspiration, hope and courage to those travelling the journey with breast cancer.


Within the pages are captured the foundation of the breast cancer dragon boat paddling movement across the globe. The history of the 25-year growth of what is today a worldwide movement sparked by a trial conducted by Dr Don McKenzie, a sports medicine specialist at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, in 1996 is a remarkable tale.


Cancer is an insidious disease and yet, amongst those diagnosed is a global network of breast cancer paddlers congregated together, grasping the paddle firmly between both hands and living life to the full.




Author: Michelle Hanton, Eleanor Nielsen
Publisher: Dragon Sisters
Published: 10/25/2021
Pages: 152
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.00h x 8.00w x 0.33d
ISBN: 9780645288902

About the Author
Hanton, Michelle: - Michelle Hanton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 at age 38. Michelle became a breast cancer advocate through the Advocacy & Science Training run by the National Health & Medical Research Council. She is the founder of Dragons Abreast Australia, Inaugural Executive President of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission (IBCPC). Michelle is a founding member of NT Breast Cancer Voice, a former State Representative for Breast Cancer Network Australia, and has served on the National Breast Cancer Foundation Consumer Advisory Panel. Awarded the Order of Australia in 2008 for her contribution to women's health, Michelle was also the first female to be awarded Life Membership of the Australian Dragon Boat Federation.Nielsen, Eleanor: - Eleanor Nielsen, diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 at 51, underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Retiring as National Director of Programs for the Canadian Cancer Society in 1991, she became the founder of Dragons Abreast Toronto in 1997. Eleanor guided the publication of How to Ride a Dragon: 22 women with breast cancer tell their stories, written by Michelle Tocher, now in its second edition print. In 2004 Eleanor started the Ontario (now Central Canada) Breast Cancer DragonBoat Network. She was honoured with the Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award in 2009. Eleanor can be found gardening, hiking, and enjoying time with her husband, Charles, and their combined family of five couples and six grandchildren when not paddling.

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