Celebrate Life and Active Survivorship at Fit2Survive with SAMFund and 24 Hour Fitness

In Honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, Fitness Club Invites Survivors and Guests for Day of Complimentary Workouts and Post-Cancer Treatment Education


BOSTON, Mass. - May 22, 2012

Each year, more than 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. For them, transitioning into the “real world” after treatment can be a daunting process. Engaging in healthy habits such as eating well and exercising during this timeframe is just as overwhelming. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day 2012, The SAMFund is partnering with 24 Hour Fitness to host “Fit2Survive: 24 Fit Ways to Survive & Move Forward After Cancer” at the 24 Hour Fitness® Oakland Active club in Oakland, Calif.

The benefits of physical activity and healthy nutrition have always been clear. With new studies and guidelines released, these benefits are being brought to the forefront again. Recently, a study published by the National Cancer Institute specifically highlighted the importance of exercise for cancer survivors, citing reduced mortality rates for those diagnosed with breast or colon cancer, as well as improvements to quality of life for survivors of all diagnoses. Additionally, the American Cancer Society issued new guidelines on exercise and nutrition, which feature strong evidence that these practices prevent the disease from returning.

In celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day and in recognition of these important findings, the “Fit2Survive” event will help empower cancer survivors to start, or continue, on their path towards a healthier lifestyle.

This event is open to cancer survivors and guests, and all are welcome to bring a friend or family member with them. Attendees do not have to be current 24 Hour Fitness members, but must be 18 years or older. As part of this event, 24 Hour Fitness will provide guests with complimentary workouts and the ability to participate in special classes designed for cancer survivors. Attendees can learn new exercise techniques, discover organizations that offer direct services to cancer survivors and connect with other survivors and share their stories.

WHEN: Fit2Survive will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012. Lunch will be served at 12 p.m

WHERE: The 24 Hour Fitness Oakland Active Club in Downtown Oakland, located at 2050 Webster Street.


REGISTER: Click here to RSVP

This event is being coordinated by Amelia Stephens, a 24 Hour Fitness member and three-time SAMFund grant recipient determined to help other cancer survivors become more physically active. “After surviving my cancer diagnosis, one of my biggest challenges is returning to my former active lifestyle. My body has changed and adapting to my ‘new normal’ is a daily struggle,” said  Stephens. “Our healthcare team always promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, especially after cancer treatment, but knowing where to start can be daunting. I want to encourage others to take that first step - that first leap, skip, or jump - into creating healthier habits for themselves. Fighting cancer is hard, and moving forward should not have to be so hopeless. My goal in organizing this event is not only to promote a return to active life after cancer, but to also offer hope and a starting line for this race to rediscover all that post-treatment life has to offer.”

To learn more about other events around the country, turn to:  www.thesamfund.org/pages/news.html

About The SAMFund

The SAMFund is currently the only organization in the United States designed to assist young adults as they regain their financial footing after expensive cancer treatment. The economy presents challenges for any young adult, but with the extra burden of cancer, those with a history of the disease struggle even more. The goal of The SAMFund is to give them hope and to provide support and resources that will enable them to pursue their educational, professional and personal goals. Over the past seven years, The SAMFund has awarded a total of more than $700,000 in grants to individuals across the country, for transitional issues such as education, living, employment and lingering medical expenses. For more information, turn to www.thesamfund.org.

Surviving And Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID: 20-6018710.

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