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18 June 2021

Breast cancer survivor excels in dragon boat race

In November 2017, Tracey Sparks' life changed forever. Through early treatment and tremendous resilience after being told by medical professionals she had breast cancer, Tracey was able to fight off the illness, and now competes in dragon boat racing with a team of breast cancer survivors.  

When Tracey Sparks was told by medical professionals she had breast cancer in November 2017, her life changed forever.

 
With her Mum tragically passing away to the disease at just 58, Tracey had been taking all precautions.

“I was having regular check-ups since I turned 30.  I was very lucky that my cancer was detected early and only required surgery, radiation and medication,” Tracey said.
 
Through early treatment and tremendous resilience, Tracey was able to fight off the illness, and now competes in dragon boat racing with a team of breast cancer survivors.
 
“I started dragon boat paddling in November 2019 at the Maroochy Sea Serpents club and joined the Sunshine Coast Dragons Abreast team of ladies.”
 
Shout out to Tracey and her team who came home with three medals at the Coast to Coast Dragon Boat Festival on the weekend of May 8.
 
Along with helping her teammates in the water, Tracey is our Support Coordinators Manager, and puts her heart into making a difference to her participant’s lives every day.
 
Visit justbettercare.com/sunshine-coast/ for more information on support coordination.