Mamma Jamma Beneficiary #2I have read articles the past 2 years that promoted the benefits of activity for the cancer patient. When I googled 'exercise and cancer' today I was happy to find several news stories, written just this week, about a report from Britain called Move More. Here's a few samples:
- Exercise a 'Super Drug' for Cancer Survivors from the Daily Mail in London
- The Benefits of Exercise After Cancer from the NY Times
- Exercise Called "Wonder Drug" for Cancer Patients: What Can it Do? from CBS News
Move More looked at 60 studies and as you might have guessed from the headlines, concluded that exercise is important both during cancer treatment and afterwards. What a PERFECT lead in for Capital of Texas Team Survivor.
|CTTS Team Members and Triathlon Finishers!|
When you hear those words, "You have cancer", you start down a path of experiences that no one wants to travel. An unspoken side effect is the loss of control over your body and exercise is the perfect way to combat that. Exercising with women on the same journey is empowering. The Austin affiliate of Team Survivor offers free exercise programs for women of all fitness levels in every stage of cancer treatment and recovery. This is HUGE because a typical running, or triathlon training program might cost as much as $200 for just a 6-week program. After enduring the cost of cancer treatment, even that amount can be an obstacle.
|Diane Hale, breast cancer survivor |
and CTTS member since 2010
All Team Survivor asks is that you start moving. At your level. That's all. Just move. Just begin. Just start. Those that know my story know how dear Team Survivor is to me. In spite of myself and my body I managed to cross that Danskin finish line last year. Team Survivor has given me my life back. No matter what level, you are on the Team and this Team supports and nourishes and survives."
Capital of Texas Team Survivor began in 1995 when four friends decided to compete in a triathlon. In 2001 it officially became a non-profit organization and is one of the Affiliates of The National Association of Team Survivor. Currently there are team Affiliates in only 21 cities in 14 states. CTTS is the only Affiliate in Texas. How fortunate for me that it was in my hometown. You can see if there is a team in your area here and you can find information about starting a team here. According to the National website, " Some groups simply offer 'walk and talks' on a regular basis, while other Affiliates have staff and dozens of programs. Our goal is to provide enjoyable and supportive exercise opportunities for women affected by cancer. If you live in an area that does not have an Affiliate, we are here to walk you through the process."
<---- Westlake Picayune Article from 2008
This Video shows highlights of the 2009 triathlon training season for CTTS.
Kristin Harrison's story in the June 2010 Statesman.
This Video aired October 2010 on a local channel for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Regaining your life,
improving your health,
finding new strength,
meeting fellow survivors -- all at no cost.
Capital of Texas Team Survivor is just one of the
10 Beneficiaries of the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride.
THIS is why I ride.