About the Silver Lining Foundation

Silver Lining Montana is the first official breast cancer survivor dragon boat and outrigger canoe team in Montana

The Silver Lining Sisterhood is entering its seventh year. In the spring of 2015, a small group of “sisters” began gathering to support each other in the aftermath of breast cancer treatment. A few of us had met during chemo, others were referred to by friends. It evolved very organically. We were brought together by the common experience of being in the trenches and trying to decipher how to move forward after the “battle”– post-surgery, post-chemo, post-radiation, post-the life that we used to know. Our group has grown to over 350 members on our closed FB group, Silver Lining Support Group. We became a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2017, in order to help support and promote our mission. We are a sisterhood that appreciates the value of working together toward a common goal and studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the rate of recurrence by 40-50%. We practice what we preach. As our member numbers increase, so does our need to move forward with our mission.  We appreciate any support that aids in our mission of empowering breast cancer survivors….in mind, body and spirit.

The Silver Lining Sisterhood​


EIN 82-3191300​

Our Vision

Our VISION is to be the SILVER LINING for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and to create a community of belonging.

Our Mission

The mission of Silver Lining Foundation-Montana is to build a strong, supportive community of breast cancer survivors and we are dedicated to empowering individuals through education, physical activity and ongoing research to achieve and maintain wellness of mind, body, and spirit.

Silver lining Foundation Montana

How We Roll

Paddle Palooza

We sponsor the Annual Paddle Palooza every July on Flathead Lake.

2024 is The 5th Annual Paddle Palooza is July 11 - 13 held at the Montana Canoe Club in Big Arm, MT

Oncology Survivorship Conference

July 9 & 10th, we will be co-sponsoring the 2nd Annual Montana Oncology Survivorship Conference on the University of Montana campus


Follow along on our adventures on Silver Lining Foundation's Instagram page

Physical training

3x/week, led by our personal trainer, Mike Rankin of Rankin Fitness.
Our private gym is in the Century Plaza building on Stephens Ave


3-4x/week during spring/summer months, both outriggers and dragon boats

Monthly gatherings

Monthly gatherings at 119 W Main (Headwaters Foundation). These gatherings include listening to educational speakers, sharing meals and focusing on moving forward with hope and optimism!

Silver Lining Montana Paddlers

Silver Lining Montana Paddlers—closed page, all things related to training and paddling schedules, etc.

Silver Lining Montana Survivors

Silver Lining Montana—closed facebook page, open to only survivors. This is a safe platform for all the ask questions, etc.

Silver Lining Foundation Montana

Silver Lining Foundation Montana—open page for community outreach

Silver Lining Board of Directors

Shana Duffalo


Laurie Belcher


Nan Condit


Lynn Fischer

Vice President

Members at large

Kelley Nicholson
Vicki Olson
Wendy McNally