The Team

Healing Dragons of Charlotte is a non-profit organization comprised of cancer survivors, spouses, caregivers and friends.

We practice at Latta Preserve Waterfront, 5201 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:45 PM and Saturday mornings from 8:45-10:15 AM, typically from April through October.

2024 Board of Directors

President – Gina Meli

Vice President – Eileen Pronobis

Secretary – Sherry Stark

Treasurer – Harriet Rosebrough

Captain – Jackie Biddle

Co-Captain – Mary Ann Sowa

At Large – Christy Tarpley

Past President – Zan Bui

Coach – Sienna Wyniemko

Healing Dragons of Charlotte competes in and around North Carolina. We have competed in:

    • Charlotte, NC
    • Lake Lure, NC
    • Charleston, SC
    • Richmond, VA
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Gainesville, GA
    • Orlando, FL

Depending on the race event, Healing Dragons of Charlotte competitive race team consists of cancer survivors, a ladies team and a mixed team of men and women.

We practice and compete in a dragon boat. A dragon boat is a very long and narrow canoe-style, human-powered boat with 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer.

We have new paddlers each season.  Our coaches work to train the new paddlers. As our paddlers gain experience, our coaches challenge us to improve our paddling skills.

Come out to Latta Nature Preserve and watch us. Please consider paddling with us.  We’ll teach you what you need to know!