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Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival ambassador announced

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - With the possibility of snow this weekend, it's probably hard to think about getting out on the river. However, the Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival is just a few months away.

The annual festival celebrates breast cancer survivors and shows support for current breast cancer patients.

This year it will also celebrate healthy lifestyle programming for kids.

This year's breast cancer survivor ambassador for the festival was announced Thursday night.

Debbie Koenig of Onalaska was diagnosed with breast cancer during the holidays in 1996 after getting her first-ever mammogram.

Doctors were able to catch the cancer early and she underwent a lumpectomy and had her lymph nodes removed.

After 16 weeks of radiation, she's been cancer-free ever since.

"I'm very honored because there are so many other women that have gone through a whole lot more than I have, and I feel very lucky and privileged to be the ambassador this year," said Koenig.

If you're interested in competing in the dragon boat races this year, early bird registration for this year's festival ends soon.

Registration fees for 25-person teams are $750 through April 15th. That works out to $30 per person.

After April 15th, the registration fee will be $850 per team.

You can sign up online here.


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