Pictured above is Alan (on the right) with his childhood friend Andy. Since this picture was taken, Andy has run 27 marathons, completed 5 triathlons and has become a certified running coach. Despite all these accomplishments, Andy always made time to go for a run or walk with Alan, even after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Andy is now volunteering as a running coach for The Ulman Cancer Fund’s CANCER to 5K Training Program-a FREE 12-week training program designed to introduce or reintroduce cancer survivors to training for and completing a 5K road race. Amazing, right?!
Research has now shown that exercise is especially important for cancer survivors both in and out of active treatment. Regular exercise not only improves mood, boosts self-confidence and reduces fatigue, but there is loads of evidence suggesting that higher levels of physical activity can help keep the cancer from recurring.
The Cancer to 5K Training Program is a progressive run/walk program designed to get cancer survivors to the 5K finish line happy, healthy and injury-free.
* Who can join? Young adult cancer survivors (ages 15-40) living in Maryland, DC or Northern Virginia. Survivors who have completed treatment and survivors who are currently undergoing treatment can participate.
* This program is limited to 10 participants per 12-week session. Personalized training plans are created by experienced running coaches. This is a FREE program with no fundraising commitments.
* BEFORE starting the program, a Medical Waiver must be signed by the participant’s current primary care physician to ensure that training for a 5K won’t negatively impact treatment or recovery.
* Next training sessions begins on March 23, 2013. Click on the links below for a team near you:
* If you live outside the current training areas (Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Montgomery County, MD and Howard County, MD), you can still participate with The CANCER to 5K “At Home” Training Program via email and phone.
To learn more or sign up for a team, visit www.cancerto5k.com. And if you run into Andy at the trainings (no pun intended ), please give him a big hug from ME.