Dragon Divas Paddle for a Cause
Posted at: 08/24/2013 7:16 PM
| Updated at: 08/24/2013 10:47 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
It's a story of hope and courage.
"We've all been through the same thing, we've all been through breast cancer. We understand where each of us is coming from," said Jennifer Thorup, a breast cancer survivor.
They are the Dragon Divas from Saint Paul. Made up of women 30 years old to 70, of mothers and grandmothers, they've all survived breast cancer.
"It's been like a beacon of hope to breast cancer survivors, that you can go out and you can do what you want to do, you can be healthy, you can be strong," said another survivor and founder of the team, Mary Skrypek.
They are survivors, but once they put on that life-jacket and pick up that paddle they are fierce competitors.
"We all know how to have a good time but when we are out on the water we're heads in the boat. We are focused and we are ready to go," said Thorup.
On the water it's all about racing against the clock. The Dragon Divas cross the finish line in 2:01, it's their fastest time yet.
"It is just so awesome to beat a team that has men in it!" exclaimed survivor Ione Livingston.
After they finish, the Divas, along with five other teams paddling for cancer, take time to remember those that lost their battle. They toss rose petals into the water.
"We are remembering all the people that have gone before us," Livingston said.
Moving onto the finals is an added bonus for these divas who paddle for just one reason.
"We are showing all the women out there that think life is over...That that's absolutely not true, you can do it," said Thorup.
The Dragon Divas ended up getting third in the Women's Division Final. The UMD Women's Hockey team won the division.