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Hope Afloat is comprised of members from all walks of life committed to our important mission of making positive changes in the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Below is a roster of our current members where you can learn more about their empowering stories.

Janice AntnerCheck back later for more information about Janice!
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Sue Bilsky was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2005. She joined Hope Afloat in February 2014 when a friend recruited her to join the team. She paddles for Hope Afloat for the friendship, fitness training, the beauty of being out on the river, and the friendly competition, but mostly because of her love of being part of a team of amazing women. Sue is a college admissions counselor for a non-profit agency in Philadelphia, advising at-risk youth in their quest for higher education. She has previous work experience working in Human Resources at Universities and in teaching. She has been married for more than 35 years and is the proud mother of a son and daughter, both married.


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Linda Bloom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 at the age of 40 and then again five years later. She was told, “If life deals you lemons, make lemonade.” Hope Afloat has been her lemonade for more than a decade.The warmth, camaraderie, sisterhood and fun has added immeasurably to her life.

She served as Treasurer to Hope Afloat for three years and has traveled to Vancouver, Peterborough, and Sarasota for International races with these wonderful sisters. She volunteers at Einstein Hospital, where she served as Co-President of the Women’s Auxiliary, and also serves in a soup kitchen in Florida during the winter.

She is married to a great supporter, has 3 married children, 5 granddaughters and a grandson.


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Eileen ChopnickCheck back later for more info about Eileen!
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Dorothea Connolly is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in May of 2009 at age 43 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (Triple negative). She joined Hope Afloat USA in 2013. Dor was introduced to the team by a fellow survivor as a way to become more physically active and become part of a group activity. She never realized how much fun it was going to be to not only be part of a team but to meet such an amazing and diverse group of women. Dor has worked at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a certified registered Nurse Anesthetist for seventeen years. She volunteers in various women and children’s organizations. She lives in New Jersey with her husband of 21 years.


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Terrie DoughertyTerrie Dougherty is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Stage 1 Ductal Carcinoma In Situ just prior to her 50th birthday. She was diagnosed in June 2012 and joined Hope Afloat USA in January 2016. She joined the team in an effort to incorporate more exercise into her daily life combined with her love of being on the water. Although never an athlete, she thoroughly enjoys the sport, the competition, and the camaraderie of the women on the team. She works full time for a Fortune 100 financial institution in Wilmington. She serves as the Treasurer for a local swim club, Web mistress and Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Hope Afloat USA, and volunteers for Meals on Wheels DE.


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Linda GiovincoCheck back later for more info about Linda!


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Nan Glasgow has paddled with Hope Afloat USA from the beginning of their time on the water in 2002. She was in the boat when the team won a gold medal in their very first race in the New York harbor. Since that first experience, she has raced in many venues, winning several medals! Among these were all of the International Breast Cancer Festivals to date: 2005 Vancouver Canada, 2007 Caloundra Australia, 2010 Peterborough Ontario Canada, and 2014 Sarasota Florida. Nan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, followed by a mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, and chemotherapy. Nan is very passionate about Hope Afloat and dragonboating. Pushing the physical limits, the peace of being on the water, the exultation of racing, but mostly spending time with the most amazing group of women have all enriched her life immensely. On and off the water there is always understanding, compassion, and love from her teammates. She has a very close family, a lifelong circle of friends, and a husband who loves and supports her. She is quite proud of her work experience at Temple University and at a great commercial real estate company as office manager.


Debbie GoldenCheck back later for more info about Debbie!


Sharon GoldnerCheck back later for more info about Sharon!


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Marsha Green was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in January 2015 at the age of 62. She joined Hope Afloat in January 2017 and it has really helped her to get in shape. Marsha has always loved being on the water and has experience kayaking and paddle boarding. She decided to join Hope Afloat to have fun and be on a competitive team. She has one daughter, one grandson, and a King Charles Cavalier. Marsha works as a Special Education Teacher at Community Service Foundation/ Buxmont.


Nancy HardyNancy Sirolli-Hardy was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 1998, and joined the Hope Afloat Dragon Boat Team in 2008. Treatment included a lumpectomy with right node dissection (4 positive nodes) 6 months of chemo, 2 months of radiation and 5 years of Arimidex. Soon after the cancer treatment was completed, she joined the team. The goals of joining were to heal physically and emotionally from the cancer diagnosis and a divorce that occurred during treatment. The team and the river were the best ways to meet, and exceed, her goals. Paddling on the river, competing in races and meeting new friends was just what her soul needed to heal. Nancy serves as the Vice President of Hope Afloat and spends much of her time steering the boat. Nancy recently retired after a 45 year career in public and private businesses, and now has more time to dedicate to the team.

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PJ IngramPaulajane Ingram, better known as “PJ”, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in 2010 and had several surgeries to remove the cancer. A good friend, who was also a breast cancer survivor and a Hope Afloat paddler, talked her into trying Hope Afloat. She joined in 2011, not being especially athletic or knowing anything about dragon boating. She loved being on the water and reveled in the warm friendship of the team. This retired teacher has become committed to the sport over the past five years with its physicality and the exciting competition of the races.

Grace JenchuraCheck back later for more info about Grace!


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Jean KowalskiCheck back later for more info about Jean!


Elizabeth KozartElizabeth (Liz) Kozart was diagnosed with cancer in April of 1999. Despite a negative mammogram, the tumor was discovered only after a swollen lymph node in her arm pit was biopsied. A lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation followed. She joined the team in 2006. Although a friend, knowing of her love for water sports, had been recommending Hope Afloat, it wasn’t until after her husband died that she decided to try dragon boat paddling and fell in love with it. Despite its being a vigorous sport, the combination of riding on the water and the rhythm of the stroke create a harmony that is very calming. Added to that is the camaraderie of a group of women who have know adversity and have overcome it.


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Casey McGovernCasey McGovern joined Hope Afloat in 2013. Casey was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 47. After 8 rounds of chemotherapy the cancer remained, so Casey joined a clinical trial to get an experimental chemotherapy. Casey went almost 5 years before cancer was found again. Luckily it was caught early and with excellent treatment she is currently living without cancer. During her second episode of cancer, Casey shared that Hope Afloat members rallied around her. Members visited her in the hospital and at home, brought food, sent cards and flowers, emailed constantly, and helped her in many wonderful ways through her recovery. Casey is so grateful to this wonderful group of women for the commuity, care, and support she received and continues to receive.

Casey lives with her husband of 19 years. She works as a therapist with people who have lost loved ones to violence. She is also an Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Social Policy and Practice.


Maureen MillerMaureen Miller was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in August 2011 at the age of 54. She joined Hope Afloat USA in June 2016. After her cancer diagnosis, she wanted to move forward and find something physically challenging and fun. She learned about Hope Afloat and Dragon Boat Racing. Soon after going to practices and participating in her first race, she realized her love for the sport. She enjoys being on the water and being part of a team with a great group of woman.

She and her husband have 2 daughters, 1 son, and 3 grandchildren. She works as a Pediatric Nurse and volunteers at the Chester County Food Bank, and Mary’s Place By the Sea, providing respite care for woman going through cancer treatment.


Kathy MyersCheck back later for more info about Kathy!


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Maria SandilosCheck back later for more info about Maria!


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Linda ShellhaseCheck back later for more info about Linda!


Phyllis SilversteinPhyllis Silverstein is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed around her 45th birthday in 2012. She joined Hope Afloat USA in January, 2016 after seeing their promotional table during a presentation given by her Bryn Mawr doctors.

While she had never participated (or even heard) of Dragon Boat racing, she needed something to get her active again after 13 surgeries in just four years. Being part of a team has helped her recover both body and mind and has renewed her passion for athletics and competition. It has also provided her with a family of women who know exactly how she’s feeling on any given day as a result of her diagnosis.

Phyllis has two college age sons who have been her biggest fans before, during, and after cancer. She also has two rescue dogs and two cats that provide lots of love and happiness (and filled the void of her missing boys!). She is an advertising and marketing professional, volunteers to help the homeless in Delaware County, and supports the American Legion/ VFW post in Upper Darby, PA. She loves to play the piano and also plays the vibes/xylophone with a local drum and bugle corps.

She is honored to be a Sponsorship co-chair and on the Board of Directors of Hope Afloat.


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