BENEFITING: STEEL CITY DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION INC
We are Pink Steel, a Pittsburgh-based dragon boat team whose members are breast cancer survivors. Our passion is dragon boating and our goal it is to compete in the International Dragon Boat event for breast cancer survivors in Italy in 2018. The travel costs are significant - so we are reaching out to family and friends for your help well in advance of the competition.
With the help of grants, sponsors and donations, Pink Steel attended 2014 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Sarasota in October 2014. The team took second place overall among 101 international teams and wasthe top finisher among all the U.S. teams and set the fastest time in the event during their semifinal qualifying.
If you are unfamiliar with dragon boating, it's an ancient Chinese tradition, where a crew of 20 row in unison to the beat of a drum, in a long canoe with a dragon head to ward off evil spirits. This ancient tradition has evolved into one of the fastest growing international team water sports and encompasses the challenge and adrenaline of competition and the exhilaration of hard work. It requires strength and endurance, determination and teamwork.
As breast cancer survivors, the team of Pink Steel possess all of these traits and demonstrate them every day in their quest not just to survive but to thrive. This is more than a hobby or support group for these women. They work together as a team and as a team, they want to compete and achieve. In addition, this event will enable them to network with breast cancer survivors from around the world and inspire each other with their stories of courage and strength.