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Hearts of Steel

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • Sports & Recreation


300 Waterfront Dr.Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We want to provide a place where Breast Cancer Survivors, of all ages and physical abilities, can gather to share their experience and improve their overall sense of well-being. We do this through physical activity, communication, support, friendship, and giving back to our community. We are a non-profit organization and 100% of all donations are used solely for the activities, education, and needs of Breast Cancer Survivors. We’re here to give back to the Pittsburgh community and share our personal experiences and knowledge about Breast Cancer and Survivorship. Pittsburgh Hearts of Steel is a support group open to all Breast Cancer Survivors. Although the physical benefits of Dragon Boat Paddling is an important part of our organization, we all find the support, social, and additional activities of the group just as fulfilling. We embrace all members, no matter what activities you choose to participate in and encourage suggestions from all members.


Dragon Boat. Paddling. Breast Cancer. These words are the foundation for what helped us form our organization. We officially launched on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, PA in May 2017 with 21 survivors and several local supporters in the community. A robust desire, gritty determination, and perseverance intermingled with dedicated leadership and hard work all came together with much effort in creating our new Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Paddling team, Pittsburgh Hearts of Steel! This wouldn’t have been possible without the continuous help, support, and encouragement from the Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRAA) in Millvale, PA, which has given us a place to call home.

Our inaugural outing, which was our only race in 2017, took us to Northern Kentucky. Not only did our team come home with a win, but also the desire, excitement, and determination to come back stronger and continue to build our team and reputation. In 2018, our second year, we competed in Buffalo, New York and Cooper River, New Jersey, and again back in Northern Kentucky, earning medals at every venue and ending the season with a gold first-place win! One of the highlights of our organization to date is that we got the opportunity to compete at the 2018 International Breast Cancer Paddling Commission Festival in Florence, Italy, which occurs every four years in different destinations around the world.


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