Springfield Dragon Boat Festival held

A portion of the proceeds will go to The Baystate Health Foundation to fund cancer research

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second year in a row, the dragon boat races on the Connecticut River in Springfield have served two important purposes.

The Springfield Dragon Boat Festival helps the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club increase activity on the river.

While dozens handled the paddles, hundreds of onlookers filled Riverfront Park overlooking the river.

Breast cancer survivors told 22News, how the dragon boat races serve as therapy.

“I got involved because the Rays of Hope allows breast cancer survivors to paddle their way through, this is good exercise, and that’s how I became involved with that,” said Anna Symington.

“And I got involved because I’m a breast cancer survivor, following my radiation therapy I had a lot of scar tissue and was looking for something to help loosen up the scar tissue,” said Susan Parent. 

The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club will be donating part of what the dragoon boat races raised today to the Baystate Health Foundation in Springfield.

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