AUSTIN, Texas - A group of breast cancer survivors have banded together to form a fitness team and a moral support system.
Paddles with a purpose hosted an open house on Saturday to introduce people to their choice of exercise: Dragon Boating. The open house also helped raise awareness about the group in hopes to reach other breast cancer survivors.
"It's particularly good for breast cancer survivors -- it's kind of the perfect exercise for us. And it's also the team gives a lot of moral support with everyone else while we're getting fit and staying healthy," said Paddles with a Purpose member Cindy Crowell.
While the group was formed just a few months ago, they already have 35 members.
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The women paddle on a dragon boat which is similar to a forty-foot canoe. The exercise helps them live a healthy lifestyle while supporting each other.
"It's one thing to have cancer and want to be healthy and get fit -- but to be able to do so in a team, where you have the camaraderie and you're strong together has been awesome for me," Paddles with a Purpose member Jan Frazier Clark said.
The group also helps people who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer with finding care and other resources.