Breast of Friends Gala – April  2018

Guy’s Party Center, Akron

Proceeds from the Breast of Friends Gala support the activities of the Dragon Dream Team including our community outreach program Boatloads of Hope offering encouragement and inspiration to survivors and families during their breast cancer journey.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2018 Gala a success – we look forward to seeing you at this annual event in 2019!

Rubber Ducks Charity Begins at Home Features
the Dragon Dream Team 

The Dragon Dream Team was once again the Rubber Ducks’ “Charity Begins at Home” featured charity at the Rubber Ducks game on May 27 at 6:35 pm. This was also a special Breast Cancer Night at Canal Park. All breast cancer survivors and their families had the opportunity to participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track and receive special recognition on the field. The Dragon Dream Team also had a kayak and stand-up-paddleboard raffle.  All proceeds from the raffle and from pre-sale tickets will help the team travel to Florence, Italy this summer to participate in the International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission Dragon Boat Festival.

Thank you to everyone who came out to make the evening a success!

9th Annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival on the Niagara River – June 16, 2018

Buffalo, New York

The Dragon Dream Team had an inspiring and successful day at the 9th Annual Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara Dragon Boat Festival this year. Team Dream and Team Hope came in 1st and 3rd (respectively) in the Breast Cancer Survivor division races and Team Hope placed 3rd overall in the Women’s Division.
Thank you to all who traveled to Buffalo to support the team and to Buffalo’s BCS team, Hope Chest, for hosting this festival once again.

2018 IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival – July 2018

Florence, Italy

The Dragon Dream Team has returned from our thrilling journey to the “Olympics” of Dragon Boat racing in Florence, Italy. With a lot of hard work and support from family, friends, corporate and community sponsors, we paddled with 124 Breast Cancer Survivor teams from all over the world.

DDT sent two competitive teams to the festival: Team Dream and Team Hope. Dream finished first among United States contenders and third among all participants. Team Hope finished 80th, a fantastic accomplishment considering many Team Hope members are new paddlers.

In addition to races, the team participated in a Parade of Nations, an international survivor ceremony and sight-seeing.

Dragons on the Lake Festival – July 28, 2018

Portage Lakes State Park, Akron

A good time was had by all at the 6th Annual Dragons on the Lake Festival on July 28th at Portage Lakes State Park. Over 2000 people were in attendance and some spectators drove from 2 hours away just to watch. There were a total of 37 teams participating, coming from as far away as Buffalo, NY,  Pittsburgh, PA, Indianapolis, IN and Marietta, OH. We are grateful for the teams who fundraised and brought in a total of $11,000 for the Dragon Dream Team’s Boatloads of Hope Outreach program.

Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, participants and teams for another great festival!

4th Annual Wheeling Dragon Boat Festival – August 25, 2018

Wheeling, West Virginia

Learn more about the festival here.

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Walk – October 7, 2018

Lock 3, Downtown Akron

Each year the Dragon Dream Team supports the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. This year, the American Cancer Society is teaming with Avon to sponsor this 5K fundraising walk. The walk will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 and will be held at Lock 3 in Akron (200 South Main St., Akron, OH 44308). Registration opens at 9 am and the walk begins at 10 am. This year our team will be the event “Check-In” sponsor and we will create a paddle arch to congratulate participants at the end of the walk.

You can sign up for DDT’s Walk Team here.

3rd Annual Dragon Dream Team Craft & Vendor Market Place –
October 20, 2018

Fairlawn, Akron

The Dragon Dream Team’s third annual Craft and Vendor Market Place will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ, 2095 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44313, from 10 am to 3 pm. Each year the team is able to showcase more vendors and variety of one-of-a-kind jewelry, wooden creations, and other hand-made crafts. This is great way to get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Check out the flier for all the details. Interested in reserving a table at the Market Place? Download your vendor invitation here.

Dragon Dream Team members participate in many community cancer awareness and fundraising events, including the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Komen Walk for the Cure and The Gathering Place’s Hope Walk.