Akron dragon boat team goes on ‘GMA’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Members of the Dragon Dream Team practice on Rex Lake ahead of their Tuesday appearance on “Good Morning America,” Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in New Franklin, Ohio.

Akron’s Dragon Dream Team appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning.

The 88-member group — made up of women who have battled breast cancer — raced their dragon boats in front of a national audience and spoke to ABC anchor Janai Norman about their team.

The Dragon Dream Team was founded in 2007 by local breast cancer survivor Jessica Mader and Dr. Douglas Wagner, her plastic surgeon. It started with one boat and now has three, with two of them the full-size version for 22 members.

Several team members were interviewed on “GMA” as part of the show’s breast cancer awareness coverage. They showed race footage from the team’s recent win near Pittsburgh and spoke with women live at Rex Lake. 

The team provides support and camaraderie for women battling breast cancer and a chance to engage in a team sport that helps build back physical strength in a supportive environment that also bolsters emotional well-being.

“We are essentially celebrating life after a breast cancer diagnosis through the sport of dragon boating,” Siko said.

Reach reporter Sean McDonnell at 330-996-3186 or smcdonnell@thebeaconjournal.com.


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