Breast Cancer Survivors Form Bonds, Gain Strength Through Dragon Boat Racing

In the middle of the lake at Nathan Benderson Park, a 42-foot-long pink canoe rocks lightly in the wake of a passing boat. Inside, 20 women sit two by two on narrow benches. Each holds a single paddle just above the water’s surface.

Standing at the back of the boat is Angela Long, the coach and steersperson for Sarasota-based dragon boat team, Survivors In Sync. As she bends forward and starts a stopwatch, the women thrust their paddles into the water in unison.

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