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Dragon-boat benefit for cancer patients breaks half-million mark

Dragon-boat benefit for cancer patients breaks half-million mark
Dragon-boat benefit for cancer patients breaks half-million mark

The Dragon Boat Race & Festival raised more than $500,000 for the Cedars Cancer Foundation CanSupport program, Sept. 9.

Published on: September 13, 2017 | Last Updated: September 13, 2017 1:01 PM EDT

Drummer Gabriel Gan left, and paddler Audrey-Maude Lavoie, of team Feel the Heat, turn up the volume during the annual Dragon Boat Race & Festival in Lachine, Sept. 9. Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE

More than $500,000 was raised at the 12th edition of the Dragon Boat Race & Festival in Lachine, Sept. 9.

The money goes to the Cedars Cancer Foundation CanSupport program, which offers practical and psychological assistance to cancer patients at the McGill University Health Centre.

Around 1,000 participants and spectators gathered at Parc Père-Marquette for the Saturday event, which was organized by the FL Fuller Landau firm.

The event began modestly in 2006 with six boats participating and $12,000 raised. It now attracts more than 30 boats and has raised more than $5.5 million for the cause.

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