A Growing Movement

dragon-logoWelcome to Abreast In A Boat

We are a group of women from Vancouver, Canada and the surrounding metropolitan area, who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. We are a living symbol of hope and a vivid demonstration that there is life after diagnosis. Through the strenuous demands of dragon boat paddling we have learned that we can push the limits of our physical endurance and have fun doing it.

Donate to AIAB

Abreast In A Boat Society uses its donations to fund the dragon boat crews, and to provide education in the fight against breast cancer.

Our Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

Abreast In A Boat relies on the kindness and generosity of individual and corporate donors and sponsors to help us to continue paddling. Your contribution will make a difference in our community and in the lives of all breast cancer survivors.   Read More +

Our Supporters

Our supporters are our heroes. They provide a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand, a friendship, a simple kindness, a reminder of love and hope. They have been with us each step of the way, a quiet, behind-the-scenes cheering squad. We wish to publicly acknowledge their contribution to our journey with our deep and abiding gratitude.

Events & Regatta Calendar

Be sure to stay updated when we will be in the next regatta and event! Check out our upcoming regatta and events calendar here.


A Growing Movement

Abreast In A Boat is a registered charitable society whose mission is raise awareness about breast cancer and to demonstrate that those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can lead full, active and healthy lives after diagnosis.  Learn More +


Join Abreast In A Boat

Are you a breast cancer survivor looking for a new adventure and an opportunity to discover your full potential? Then join fellow survivors in Abreast In A Boat (AIAB).  All breast cancer survivors are welcome! Read more +

Four members of Abreast In A Boat and Dr. Don travelled to Fiji in February 2020.  Thank you to Adriana Bartoli, Dolly Devi, Jane Frost, Judy Crumlin, and Dr Don McKenzie, for bringing our message of hope and an awareness of breast cancer to the Fiji Islands. Here is their story.

How do you describe the power of a sport that can change a life in minutes, especially for those who have experienced a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment? You will find the answer in this story.

I will start with a big BULA! – a word you will hear mostly in Fiji. It is accompanied by a wide smile each time you meet a Fijian, together with smiling deep brown eyes and the feeling of being cuddled in paradise.

Every great dream begins with a great dreamer. This story begins in Vancouver, Canada in 2017, where Dolly Devi was treated for breast cancer and joined Abreast In A Boat, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team established 25 years ago. Dolly felt the empowerment of the sport that allowed her to return to a new and active life and she began to dream about empowering and bringing hope to breast cancer survivors in her homeland, Fiji.

You can say, dream a dream and your dream will come true. So it happened for Dolly…

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