Susan “sooz” Wieszczek was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and feels fortunate to be a have been a Machestic since 2013. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014, and President of the Board since 2017. She cherishes the time spent on the lake with her friends and sisters, and wouldn’t give it up for anything. In 2014 and 2018, she was lucky enough to travel to the International Breast Cancer festivals in Florida and Italy. Traveling with the team and meeting new people in fantastic places is just one of the many perks of being a Machestic Dragon.
In her spare time, Sooz cooks, drinks good booze, and spends time with her beloved husband, Mike, and their two sons.
Born in Ithaca, NY and living in Buffalo for almost 20 years after college, Marie and her husband now live in Warrington Pa and have three adult children. She is a 17 year survivor. Marie has worked for Central Bucks School District as an aide in Special Ed since 2009. She also has a side business making memory quilts since 2010.
Marie served one year on the board as a member as the race Committee liaison and has been Vice President since 2017, co-chairing the Paddle for Pink Volunteer Committee since the 2019 season.
Taking various exercise classes 6 days a week, Marie finds the best part of being in the boat is getting a good work out, fresh air with peaceful scenery while enjoying laughs and tears with a strong group of women who do not judge and always encourage each other to be their best! It is not about winning a race it's about personal goals and enjoying the success in reaching them!
Fran retired two years ago as the Education and Training Director for a statewide non-profit. She has been active in grassroots volunteer work since childhood and the Machestics are this. Fran considers being a small part of this wonderful organization with the most amazing women to truly be an honor.
Judy ViaCava has been on the Machestic Dragons since 2013, one year after her breast cancer diagnosis and has been on the board since 2014. The team has become like a family, and is an important part of her healing journey. Since "the year of breast cancer", Judy has received her certification as a Cancer Journey coach, and now helps countless other people to become thrivers at any point from diagnosis through survivorship. Judy's company, BACK IN THE SADDLE COACHING & RETREATS runs equine-assisted learning programs for breast cancer survivors, and she also sees individual clients at her office in Bucks County, and runs workshops for area cancer organizations.
Judy lives in Washington Crossing, PA, and has 2 great kids, who live in Baltimore, MD and Media, PA.
Susan Benjamin aka Sue B has been a Machestic Dragon since 2014 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015 as the recording secretary. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Joining the Machestic Dragons has filled a void and offered invaluable friendships. The time spent in the boat is filled with laughter, team spirit and dedication. In her spare time, she loves to spend as much time as she can with her daughters, sons in law and grandchildren.