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Award-winning film to be shown at MCC

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will present an award-winning documentary about cancer survivors, “Awaken the Dragon,” in partnership with Centegra Health System.

The showing will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Luecht Conference Center at MCC, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Produced and directed by Charleston, S.C., filmmaker Liz Oakley, “Awaken the Dragon” features the Charleston Dragon Boat team, a group of cancer survivors who beat all odds and embraced the courage and ferocity of an immortal creature. The team has traveled the world to compete and in September won a gold medal in the Cancer Survivor Division at the Portland Dragon Boat Festival in Oregon.

The sport brought together “fractured individuals and transformed them into a single force of power and beauty,” according to Oakley.

The 90-minute film won Best Documentary Feature at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival in 2011 and Best Documentary Feature and Audience Choice Award at the Beaufort International Film Festival in 2012. It also was the grand prize winner at the Charleston Film Festival; took the Special Grand Jury Award at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival; and was winner at the Accolade Competition.

“Awaken the Dragon” stars cancer survivors Mark Scarbrough, Mickey Maw, Barbie Halaby, Ira Rosenberg, Margaret Logan, Michele Bateman, Cay Molinar, Lynda Rock, Lucy Spears, Dr. Cindy Carter, Louise Graff, Noreen Powers, Sterling Hannah, Pat Barker and Pete Method.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is highly recommended by calling Centegra at 877-236-8347.

For information about the film or to view the trailer, visit


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