Every year my chiropractors at Naturally Chiropractic in WNY host a benefit for Hope Chest, a dragon boat racing team paddled by breast cancer survivors. Hope Chest exists for many reasons – to dispel the myth that breast cancer survivors should refrain from extensive and repetitive upper body exercise, to offer a free exercise program specifically designed to meet the needs of breast cancer survivors, to provide positive group support and a new perspective on surviving breast cancer and to provide the community with life saving information on breast cancer.
Initially, I came on board because Naturally Chiropractic had a big part in bringing me back to life after three rough pregnancies, three disastrous deliveries and three years breastfeeding. I wanted to give something back. So I offered to cook gluten-free foods at the Boat of Hope benefit. Later, when a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer and a team member directed me to some wonderful resources for her, the cause became more personal.
At Boat of Hope, the amazing husband and wife team of Lori Milanovich and Brian Burford and the stupendous staff at Naturally Chiropractic work all day giving discount adjustments. There’s a huge Chinese auction, chair massages, free food and crafts for kids. All proceeds go to the Hope Chest Team. It’s a fabulous event and if you live in the WNY area, stop by and say hi! The members of the Hope Chest team would love to meet you, and I’ll be handing out samples of Marlene’s Mocha Rum Cheesecake from Scrumptious, Olivia’s Fennel Soup from Luscious and cooking up other goodies. Look for the purple balloons and the Dragon Boat in the parking lot. 🙂 For more info on the Boat of Hope event click here.
To donate or for more information on the Hope Chest Team click here.
Share in the Hope Chest credo: Paddle with a Purpose, Workout like a Woman and Empower Yourself!