Why We Paddle: Amy Semple’s story
My name is Amy Semple and I am a high school teacher in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. I'm also a 35-year-old breast cancer survivor.

For many years, I had been doing self-checks in memory of a friend who lost her life at 24 years old to breast cancer. One night, just before bed, I found a lump during my check. From there, it took two weeks to obtain the formal diagnosis. I had breast cancer.

After that initial appointment, my husband and I drove home in silence. It was this glorious, bright sunny day. But I couldn’t hear a thing. I managed to make it into the house before I was physically ill. Between calling friends and family, I sobbed on the living room floor. Some family cried, some swore. Friends rallied, but some crumbled. It was by far, the worst day of my life. I was sure I was as good as dead at only 32 years old...

Read the rest of Amy’s first-hand story of life-saving cancer treatment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre HERE
FUNDRAISING UPDATE!

As of 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1st you've fundraised $68,713.69!

That's 3 7% of our $ 183,595.00 goal for 2017 - we're doing great but we've still got a ways to go so keep it up!

Your fundraising efforts will help save the lives of women like Amy.
Together we will get there!!!

Raised in the community.
Stays in the community.
Why do you paddle? Tell us and you could WIN!
Do you have a great story about why you’re involved in the 17th Annual Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival? Post your story on social media along with a photo - perhaps it’s a selfie with a teammate, a loved one, your family or the community - and you could win!

The first 3 people to tag us (@ptbodragonboat) in their post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will win a gift card from Cottage Toys. We’ll share your post to help inspire and motivate other paddlers and encourage others to donate. (P.S. Don’t forget to include a link to your fundraising page AND use our hashtag #dragonbragging!)

In order to be eligible, you must be a registered 2017 Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival paddler at the time of your social media post, and you must tag the Festival at @ptbodragonboat in your post. 
The race is on… Who’s in the lead for the Dragon’s Lair?
We are only NINE days out from Festival Day, and competition is heating up to see which of you will qualify as the top fundraising team for 2017, getting the ultimate #dragonbragging rights: the DRAGON’S LAIR

The Lair isn’t just the best tent location along the waterfront. We’re talking luxury seating, gourmet food served by a personal butler, private massages, a changing tent – it’s all about your comfort on race day! Oh and did we mention, your very own porta-potty?!

So who’s going to win this sweet deal? As of 5:44 pm on Wednesday, June 1st, the Blazing Paddles are in the lead with $8,116 raised, followed by the RBC Queen Bees (last year’s winners!) at $2,715 and the Chemong Docs Dudes and Dolls at $2,495. We also want to give a shout out to the top community fundraisers: Rhonda Barnet with $1,445 raised, and Pam Carnegie at $1,000! 

But the race is just getting started. If you want to claim the top spot for yourself and your team, now is the time to kick your fundraising efforts into high gear - you can do it!
In case you missed it:
How to raise $500 in 5 days

Get your fundraising in ship shape with these tips.

Add your page link to your email signature. Ask for small amounts from many people. Remind them (and yourself!) of whom you're paddling for ... and why.

Got your own brilliant plan? We'd love to hear about it! Email Meghan at mmoloney@prhc.on.ca with your team's fundraiser details and we'll give them a boost on the Festival's social media pages.

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