Fighting cancer can be an upstream battle, but a community flew out in force over the weekend to show support.

The Cancer Support Community New Jersey at Gilda’s Club, an organization that offers mental and social support to those impacted by cancer, held its sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday. Hundreds of paddlers and spectators marshalled together at Lake Lenape West beginning at about 8 a.m. for a day to have fun, compete and raise money to care for those diagnosed with cancer.

CSCNJ Development Director Jessica Melville said dragon boat racing, which involves paddling rather than rowing, is a common exercise for breast-cancer survivors. She emphasized that the festival was a welcoming atmosphere, open to people at all levels of dragon boat racing experience. Read More from Press of Atlantic City.