Click here to link to a group of women from Vancouver, Canada, living with breast cancer.
Abreast In A Boat is a non-profit society whose goal is to send a message of hope to people living with this disease and to those who support them: Abreast in a Boat

For bilingual information about breast health in Northeastern Ontario, click here: Ontario Breast Screening

For more information about events in the North Bay area, click here for the City of North Bay website: City of North Bay

Last Updated: 2018-06-13







Breast Cancer Support, Research,
and Information sites:






Breast cancer information, support and resource services for men and women with breast cancer, their families, friends, and care providers. Current, comprehensive information about diagnosis, treatments, side-effects and psychosocial issues. Confidential emotional support is provided through trained peer support volunteers who have experienced breast cancer. Free personalized research and information package tailored to meet individual concerns are available.

Caring Voices:
Supported by the Princess Margaret Hospital, Caring Voices provides quality online survivorship information and allows you to find and chat with other survivors around the world. Includes a resource library with reliable breast cancer information on a variety of topics.

Look Good Feel Better:
A unique, national non-profit program committed to helping women manage the appearance related effects of cancer and its treatment. By taking control of how they look, using cosmetics and hair alternatives, women with cancer can strengthen the positive attitude that is so important in cancer treatment. Workshops available provided by volunteer cosmeticians and hair alternative specialists in a safe and supportive environment.

The Healing Journey:
The Healing Journey is an educational program designed to help cancer patients and family members cope with the stress of cancer and its treatments. The program provides simple, psychological and spiritual tools which promote inner harmony, peace and healing. The program has been developed and tested for more than 20 years at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. It consists of a number of levels, but level one is available through the internet or by ordering materials. There is also a chat room available to allow people touched by cancer to talk with others around the world.
1-416-946-2062 (Jan Ferguson)

Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (NEORCC):
The regional cancer centre for North Bay patients and families. The NEORCC provides quality programs in preventive, surgical radiation, medical and palliative oncology, supportive care services, research and education providing care delivery as close to citizens’ homes, as is reasonably possible.

Canadian Cancer Society (CCS):
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. The CCS offers information on cancer, risk reduction and treatment; provides support for people living with cancer; and funds research on all types of cancer.

The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC):
A joint initiative formed in 1947 between the federal health department and the Candian Cancer Society to bring together individuals and organized bodies for the purpose of reducing the morbidity and mortality from cancer.

Cancer Care Ontario:
The provincial umbrella organization that steers and coordinates Ontario’s cancer services and prevention efforts to ensure the highest possible quality of care and to take efforts to reduce the incidence of cancer.

Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF):
A national volunteer-based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer, working collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for relevant, innovative research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation–Ontario Chapter:
The Ontario Chapter of the CBCF through grants made through fundraising, supports research, facilitates effective service delivery, promotes community development, fosters partnership, and stimulates health promotion and health care strategies to meet the breast care needs of Ontario women and reduce the impact of the disease on families and communities.

Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN):
The CBCN is a survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals providing a link between all groups and individuals concerned about breast cancer, and represents the concerns of all Canadians affected by breast cancer and those at risk. There is a subsite which includes information specific to Ontario residents.

Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance:
This is a unique alliance dedicated to a common vision that through research ways will be found to prevent breast cancer, survival will be improved and the quality of life of those affected by it will be enhanced

The Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC):
The BCSC is a national, volunteer-driven organization established to fund Canadian research into improving the detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer, as well as to ultimately find a cure for this fearful disease. Volunteers and staff work within communities to raise awareness about breast cancer and the need for research funding into the disease.

Breast Cancer.Org:
An organization (US) dedicated to providing reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer, assisting women and their loved ones to make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer so they can make the best decisions for their lives.

The Metastasis Project:
This website is dedicated to educating the public about breast cancer metastasis research led by distinguished oncology scientist Dr. Ann Chambers of the London Regional Cancer Program, London Health Sciences Centre. Project due to a grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance.

Lymphovenous Canada:
The purpose of this site is to link people in Canada with dysfunction lymphatic systems with health care professionals and support groups in their communities and around the world. Also included are some of the latest developments in scientific treatment in this area.

North Bay is fortunate to have the services of a certified lymph edema therapist and lymphatic drainage therapist. Susan Woodman is available at Caring Treatments Massage & Lymphedema Clinic:

Breast Cancer Survivor
Dragon Boat Racing Teams






A Breast Or Knot, Windsor, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2004
E-mail: Lyn Turner

Breast Buddies, Chatham, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2001
E-mail: Barbara Toye, Team Manager
Karen Minard, Team Captain

Busting Out, Ottawa, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 1998
E-mail: Karen Whillans, Team Captain

Canadians Abreast – Messengers of Hope, National Team
First dragon boat season: 2002
E-mail: Darlene Prager

Chestmates, Kingston, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2000
E-mail: Suzanne Bodner

Dragon Flies, Lindsay, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2003
E-mail: [email protected]

Dragons Abreast, Toronto, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 1998
E-mail: Doreen Davenport, [email protected]
Dragons of Hope, Thunder Bay, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 1999
E-mail: [email protected]

Guelph Breaststrokes, Guelph, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 1999
E-mail: [email protected]

Knot A Breast, Hamilton, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 1998
E-mail: Helen Shearer

Kupsized, Stratford, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2000
E-mail: Wendy Hunter Beintema

Pink Dragons, Belleville/Trenton, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2003 (?)
E-mail: Beth Wylie

Ribbons of Hope, Barrie, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2003
E-mail: Susan Macallum

Rowbust, London, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2000
E-mail: Penny Dobbs or Linda Kuska

Survivor Thrivers, Cobourg, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 1999
E-mail: Edith Carr

Survivors Abreast, Peterborough, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2000
E-mail: Darlene Prager

Warriors of Hope, North Bay, Ontario
First dragon boat season: 2000
E-mail: Margaret Kervin

Wonder Broads, Windsor, Ontario
First dragon boat festival: 2003
E-mail: Peggy Hurley