We know how to SURVIVE & THRIVE beyond cancer.
Founded in 2009 by Donna Wilson, James Lozada, and Jennifer Merendino, Empire Dragons NYC is New York City's first and only breast cancer survivor team comprised of members from throughout the tri-state area. In addition, we are one of over 150 breast cancer survivor teams worldwide that serve to promote the sport of dragon boating as part of a healthy lifestyle and provide a unique support for those fighting cancer.
Empire Dragons NYC is an active member of the IBCPC, International Breast Cancer Paddler's Commission. Although many of our races are IBCPC sanctioned, there are several races during the season which also include members with all types of cancer. We are a competitive racing team, and during our season, we participate in up to six dragon boat festivals in the northeastern United States and Canada.
Empire practices several times a week at the World’s Fair Flushing Bay Marina, and the team also meets on and off season for physical training and cardio fitness. Empire is dedicated to empowering women to survive and thrive beyond cancer. We work to improve the environment in which we all live, as well as promoting exercise and nutrition as a means toward a healthy and fulfilling life.