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Indy SurviveOars Is a Group Effort

Writer / Matt Keating
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Indy SurviveOarsElizabeth Anderson, president of Indy SurviveOars, says she couldn’t be more proud of the people she works with.

Indy SurviveOars is a group of breast cancer survivors and others who have introduced dragon boat racing to Indiana.

“It’s hard to narrow what I love best, but to be honest, one of the best things about being a member of the Indy SurviveOars are my teammates,” she says. “This group of strong, positive and amazing women come together from a breast cancer diagnosis, which is already life-changing, and from day one you are a part of a group that will always be there to support and encourage each other as we continue to navigate our survivorship.”

When they meet on the water, the teammates form a bond that only strengthens with time. They inspire each other, and share the fact that they can lead a successful and active life after a cancer diagnosis.

Indy SurviveOars is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Indy SurviveOars“We are currently 102 members strong, and will now look ahead to our 15th season,” Anderson says. “Our members are from the local community who are committed to the cause of breast cancer, and who have introduced dragon boat racing to Indiana. An emerging body of research suggests physical activity not only has a positive effect on quality of life following a diagnosis of cancer, but it may also improve survival. Our mission is as important today as when it started – to continue helping breast cancer survivors and improve overall survivability and quality of life.”

Anderson says Indy SurviveOars offers hope, inspiration and camaraderie to breast cancer survivors, focusing on health and physical activity.

“For anyone interested in joining for the 2022 season, our team welcomes all breast cancer survivors, including those who are currently in treatment,” Anderson says. “You do not need to be an athlete to participate. Practices are available two evenings a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. We also practice Saturday mornings at Geist Reservoir. In the off-season, our team offers a variety of organized fitness workouts, and we hold social activities throughout the entire year, so all members can enjoy the camaraderie of Indy SurviveOars.”

For more information and to make a donation, email info@indysurviveoars.org or visit indysurviveoars.org.

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