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Breast CanCer survivors Press on Dr ag on Si S t e r S a m on g m a n y Su p p ort i v e g ro u p S i n t h e v i l l ag e S ~ Members of the Dragon Sisters move as one. Their strong arms paddle through the glassy blue waters on Lake Miona. And their caring hearts are in sync, too. They are one family, a sacred sisterhood, so when they're not on the water, they still act as if they're in the same boat. They celebrate birthdays and new grandkids. They support each other through health scares and losing loved ones. They exchange hugs and tears, late-night phone calls and early-morning drives. These women would do nearly anything for each other. When October rolls around, it's only natural that they honor the breast cancer survivors on their team. The sisters sport pink hair, bras, socks, you name it, at their weekly practices all month long. The team of 36 currently has eight breast cancer survivors - the most the team has had at once in its five years. "They've been through a lot, and in honor of them for the month of October, we wear pink," Capt. Sandra Skopaz said. Skopaz also makes an announcement before practice reminding everyone to get an annual mammogram. After all, early detection saved many members' lives. "Everybody on the team has been touched by cancer in some way shape or form," Skopaz said. "It's more about the sisterhood of all of us. They lean on each other." The Dragon Sisters team also participates in Girls Night Out, an annual shopping event at Spanish Springs to raise money for Susan G. Komen. The team raised more than $2,500 in total in five years through gift baskets for chance drawings at the event. 20 OctOber 2016 marekuliasz/iStock/thinkstock By Kathryn Deen

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