The Rose Ceremony

A very special part of breast cancer survivor dragon boat racing is the flower ceremony. All boats racing in this division join together on the water for a ceremony of remembrance for all those women and men who have succumbed to this insidious disease.

All the other teams join in on the land as well to pay tribute to the brave and courageous people who gave their lives to cancer.

The race announcer sets the scene, then as silence descends on paddlers and public alike, the survivors cast their flowers to the water amidst much emotion, hugs and tears.

Our Roses…

single_roseMelissa – January 2011
Michelle – October 2012
Wendy – July 2015
Christina – 2015