Ohio’s 1st breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat racing team

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Dragon Dream Team

The 2019 Dragon Boat Dream Team

Juzo designed its Dragon Boat compression arm sleeve in celebration of Dragon Boat racing and the athletes who participate, including members of the Dragon Dream Team, Ohio’s first all breast cancer survivor Dragon Boat racing team. The team practices at Portage Lakes State Park near Juzo’s U.S. headquarters and has 80 members. Some are still in treatment and several have lymphedema, including Kathy Weichl. Kathy’s oncologist suggested she try the sport because she was young and active.

“I’d heard about Dragon Boat racing, but didn’t know much about it. I went to a practice and saw women, just like me, out there paddling. Before cancer, I would kayak and ski, and after my diagnosis I didn’t think I’d be able to do anything anymore,” Kathy said. “It’s terrible when you’re used to being active and think that part of your life is over. That feeling motivated me to give this sport a try, and I’m so happy I did.”

Kathy was thrilled to learn about Juzo’s Dragon Boat sleeve. Compression helps her stay active when rowing and comfortable when traveling. She’s excited for the print that helps spread awareness of this sport. Her teammate Deann Viebranz also rows in compression to manage her lymphedema.

“The sleeve gives me confidence that as long as I'm wearing it, I'll be alright,” she said.

Read more about the Dragon Dream Team and its members.

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