The Pink Flower Ceremony, “Flowers on the Water,” is a special ceremony of remembrance to honor all those who have lost their battle with breast cancer or are still living with this disease and those who are in remission. It is a tradition in dragon boat racing that gives us a moment to reflect upon gratitude and joy in our lives and the bravery and memory of those women and men who have lost their lives to breast cancer. All of the boats are joined in unity, to show that together we are stronger than apart. By coming together we are able to share our emotional support for each other. The flowers, pink carnations, represent those who have experienced breast cancer, particularly those who have succumbed to this disease. As the flowers spread upon the surface of the water, we reflect on how these lives and loved ones have touched us, how we have bonded together to combat breast cancer and help those survivors live active, rewarding lives. We also honor all those who are no longer with us; friends, strangers, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, sisters, partners and lovers.
We offer this brief prayer:
written by team member Linda Kerwin
For the newly diagnosed and those who have recently had a recurrence –
May your fears be calmed, your strength renewed and your hopes realized.
For those in the midst of the battle –
May your determination never falter and your days be filled with victory
For those in remission –
May your joy fill the lives of those around you and be a light for those to follow.
For those nearing the end of the fight –
May you find courage to walk the path before you and see the glory in each new day.
For those who have lost loved ones –
May your memories bring joy rather than sorrow and your days be filled with the spirit of those who have touched your lives.
Now let us offer a moment of silence.