Dragon ladies love a challenge
LEE MILLARD has always loved a challenge and faced her first big one in 1997.
That's when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, followed by a second diagnosis two-and-a-half years ago.
"I have a fairly positive attitude. It made me stop and take stock and take life with both hands," the Coffs Harbour breast care nurse said.
Lee is president of Titivators Dragons Abreast, a support and fitness group for local breast cancer survivors, up and running since December.
They're about to take delivery of their dragon boat which they'll paddle weekly because of the benefits that form of exercise gives breast cancer survivors.
The fact they'll stick out like a sore thumb on the Kalang River at Urunga will also help to raise awareness of the illness.
"We'll be a floating support group," Lee said.
They're part of the worldwide Dragons Abreast movement, founded in Canada in 1996 by a university professor during a trial study to determine if paddling would have any adverse effects on breast cancer patients.
The 25-strong Titivators meets the first Saturday of the month at 2pm at the Urunga Golf Club and is looking for members and supporters of all ages, both male and female.
"There's also no limit to physical strength or fitness," Lee said.
"We're also hoping schools and community groups will become interested in dragon boat racing because the boat will be available to them.
"We're also looking for sponsors."
For further information, contact Lee Millard on 0432 305 689.