Recent News

Healing on the Water


WISH-TV, a local Indianapolis TV station, recently featured Indy SurviveOars in a media spot. The reporter even joined the team during practice on a chilly, blustery October evening on Geist Reservoir, seated in the drummer's seat at the front of the boat. We thank WISH-TV for taking an interest in Indy SurviveOars and for helping us share our message with a larger audience. Please enjoy the article and video on their site:

Breast Cancer Survivors find Healing on the Water



Pink Paddle Party 2013


Thank you to our wonderful 2013 Pink Paddle Party sponsors:



Townsend Tree Service

Platinum Sponsors

Warnecke Investment Group
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Gold Sponsors

RBC Wealth Management

Ed Martin Automotive Group

Midwest Sports & Social Complex

United Surety Agents, Inc

August Mack Environmental

Silver Sponsors

Wire Supplies / Genie and Gerry Barker  
Gina and Janet Walker "In Memory of
   Joseph Casson"
City Real Estate Investors  

Bronze Sponsors

The Havliks  
David and Etta Biloon  
Noblesville Fraternal Order of Police  
Stonegate Mortgage  
Globe Asphalt Paving  
G. Daniel Kelley
Sarah Demmon
Susan Calhoun
Monarch Beverage
Robbin and Betty Anderson
Gimbal Financial
American Health Network, Greenfield Physicians
Indiana Behavioral Support
Estridge Family Foundations, a fund of Legacy Fund
  Community Foundation in honor of Mr. Mark Seymour


Indy SurviveOars' 2013 Race Season

Indy SurviveOars participated in four dragon boat races during this 2013 season.  To adequately prepare, we began practice April 27, meeting three times a week throughout the season at the Geist Marina.  Team practices are essential to adequately prepare for races, but more importantly to the team mission.  During practice teammates are able to visit, set goals, encourage one-another, improve strength and stamina and truly “team build”.  The bonds and friendships that are created and built during these sessions are strengthened and solidified at race events.  In addition, the goal of the team is to improve race times throughout the season, so time and energy during practice is focused on technique, endurance and practice races.


The first race of the season was June 22 & 23 when the team traveled to The 25th Tim Hortons Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Toronto, Canada.  Over 175 teams participated; a great opportunity for team members to be exposed to world class dragon boat athletes and teams. The next race was July 27, The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival in Arlington Heights, Illinois. There were enough Indy SurviveOars and SupportOars attending this event to enter two boats into the competition.  The Kentucky Pink in the Park Dragon Boat Festival in Alexandria, Kentucky, September 7, is one of the team’s favorite races.  This 250m race is held to support and bring awareness to breast cancer causes.  The team ended the 2013 race season at the Walgreens Orlando Dragon Boat Festival, in Disneyland, Orlando, Florida on October 19, competing in the Breast Cancer Division.  The race venue was located in Disney Downtown. Team members, family and friends were able to visit and interact with 85 teams from around the country. 

2014 Vines for Life - Connecting the Causes

The fourth annual Vines for Life - Connecting the Causes took place on Friday, February 21, 2014  at the beautiful  Hawthorne Golf and Country Club in Fishers.  This  yearly Wine, Craft Beer and Craft Liquor Tasting event benefits three Geist Area cancer charities: Creating Hope, Team Luke and Indy SurviveOars!  Once again, the premier sponsor for this entertaining and worthwhile event was:

Ed Martin Automotive Group

In addition to the opportunity to taste a wide variety of quality wines, craft beers and craft liquors, the evening entertainment  included delicious heavy hors d'ouvres, a silent and live auction and live music.  As always, Indy SurviveOars thanks the organizers of Vines for Life for a very enjoyable evening and for their generous support.


Heartland Film: Awaken the Dragon

Indy SurviveOars was given an exciting and emotional opportunity to participate in the Indianapolis showing of the 2012 Heartland Film Festival's extraordinary film AWAKEN THE DRAGON.  This inspiring film documentary is about a crew of cancer survivors transformed by the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boating.  The Sunday, October 21st screening of the film at AMC Castleton Square was dedicated to the Indy SurviveOars and included the showing of our own introductory video in the theatre, prior to the featured film.  We were thrilled and honored to have the film's director, Liz Oakley, available for comment, questions and discussion following the sold-out showing. In attendance was a great many INSO paddlers, along with friends and families, coming together to celebrate the amazing and moving documentary.  We urge anyone who has an opportunity to view AWAKEN THE DRAGON to do so.

Please "like" the movie's Facebook page to help Director Oakley and the film creators to offer this remarkable and inspiring film to a wider audience.

Pink Paddle Party 2012

The Indy SurviveOars' annual celebration and fundraiser was held on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 6:30- 10:30 p.m. at the Delaware Township Community Center, Fishers, IN. The Pink Paddle Party is a lively evening of food, drinks, silent auction, live auction, live music as well as team and sponsor recognition held every year on a Friday evening in November. The funds raised at the Pink Paddle Party are used to support the team's race entry fees, travel, training, equipment, insurance and education.  This special 2012 event was supported by the following generous sponsors:


Gold Title Sponsor
Townsend Logo








Bronze Sponsors

The Havliks Etta and David Biloon
Gerry and Genie Barker Lids
The Ed Martin Automotive Group Fishers Family Care
Indiana Behavioral Support Services Stonegate Mortgage
Noblesville Fraternal Order of Police

Sadler Orthodontics

Nurpu River Mountain Supply Gimbal Financial
American Health Network, Greenfield Physicians
SunPress of Castleton, Inc.


A WINK at Wine

Indy SurviveOars was selected to receive proceeds from the W.I.N.K. - Women Increasing Networking Knowledge - organization's inaugural wine tasting event held on Thursday October 18, 2012  at The Oak Hill Mansion in Carmel. The sold-out event included wonderful food, wines from the Harmony Winery and entertainment by the fabulous Ashley and the Cosmos.  Indy SurviveOars had a wonderful time at the function and are most appreciative to WINK for its support.

End of 2012 Racing Season

The Indy SurviveOars finished its 2012 racing season September 8 at the Kentucky Dragon Boat Festival in Alexandria, Kentucky.  The team completed against 40 other dragon boat teams to bring awareness to the fight against cancer.  It was a wonderful day for both competition and cooperation as Indy SurviveOars, SupportOars and family members had an opportunity to interact and share with other participants, hosts and spectators.  Making it to the finals and finishing with overall times among the highest of all teams was a great way to finish out the season.

Battle of the Paddles

On Sunday August 19, 2012  the Indy SurviveOars hosted the 2nd BATTLE OF THE PADDLES at Geist Reservoir!  The fun started at noon at the Fishers Town Hall with a breast cancer awareness event featuring the Pink Heals Pink Fire Truck Tour, Indy SurviveOars, St. Vincent's Foundation Walk of Hope, and Fishers Fire and Police Departments.  A convoy of the fire trucks and the dragon boat was police escorted to Geist mid afternoon where teams competed in a series of dragon boat races.  The Braggin' Dragon Trophy was presented to the Fishers Fire and Police paddling team for winning the Battle of the Paddles.

Indy SurviveOars Pays It Forward

Indy SurviveOars pays it forward and awards Self-Advocates of Indiana with grant money to use in helping them fulfill their dreams!