“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon.” - Dr. Seuss
In 1995, a group of women cancer survivors trained to run in a Seattle marathon. Their oncologist, Dr. Julie Goalo, who works at the University of Washington, took notice.
“During the training process, Dr. Goalo became really inspired by the strength of the women, and the effects that it had on them through the training,” Adrienne Coleman told The Capitol Hill Times.
Dr. Goalo then partnered with Lisa Tabit, a fitness and therapeutic exercise specialist, and together they founded the growing non-profit Team Survivor NW, whose mission is to provide guidance and encouragement to cancer survivors, and help them lead empowered lives through physical activity.
Included in this are 450 free fitness programs offered to female cancer survivors each year. One of the programs, “Active Women Healthy Women,” a strength-training class, recently launched at Swedish First Hill in Capitol Hill.
“It has some cardio, but it’s really focused on regaining strength through weight training and other strength-building activities,” said Coleman, Team Survivor NW’s outreach coordinator.
Other classes include dragon boating, urban and midweek hiking, triathlon training, cycling, and training for a run-walk half-marathon.
“A big struggle for a lot of women coming out of cancer is body image, so our thought was to create an even more comforting environment for them to come into,” Coleman said. “We like to think of ourselves as cancer inclusive; the only stipulation for our organization is that you need be a woman.”
For more information, visit teamsurvivornw.org.