Standing up to breast cancer with punches and oars

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FISHERS, Ind. -- A group of survivors is standing up to breast cancer and fighting back. They are putting up their dukes to help them train in a movement that’s growing in popularity around the world.

Every Sunday for the past two years, Sarah Demmon can be found at Title Boxing Club in Fishers.

Sarah is a proud breast cancer survivor and nearly 40 other survivors are all using boxing as a way to heal. The ladies work out on a 100-pound heavy punching bag for several rounds during a 60-minute workout.

"It's really transformed a lot of the ladies in their physical abilities, their cardiovascular health,” said Demmon.

The boxing workout is also conditioning for their dragon boat racing. They call themselves, the Indy SurviveOars. The ladies join together to paddle dragon boats to benefit their mind, body and soul. They hope the team encourages  other breast cancer survivors to be active.

Mounting research suggests physical activity lessens a chance of recurrence and improves quality of life for breast cancer survivors.

There are 110 breast cancer dragon boat teams internationally. The Indy SurviveOars race about four times a year and are planning on racing in Italy in two years.

For more information on the Indy SurviveOars click here to visit their website.

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