Breast cancer survivors take message to water

INDIANAPOLIS - They are some of the fiercest women you will ever meet, but their competitive drive started long before they ever started racing dragon boats.

Meet Indiana’s only dragon boat team -- the Indy SurviveOars. The group of women practice three times a week and travel all over North America to compete with other dragon boat racing teams.

For many of the women, the competition pales in comparison to the battle for their lives -- the team is also a breast cancer support group.

"When I was going through my illness, you got so much comfort from someone who understood," said Indy SurviveOars vice president Yopi Havrik.

Havrik is a 12-year cancer survivor. She understands it is important to surround yourself with as much support as possible in the fight against cancer.

"It’s vital in the recovery process and the ability to move on after the disease," Havrik said.

First Lady Karen Pence also joined the group at Geist Marina on Wednesday night as the women pulled together as one to achieve a common goal.

"And it’s also very symbolic in when we can do things together, we can do them faster and better and we can be better as a team than we can be alone," Havrik said.

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