Greetings from the Hess Cancer Foundation,
We hope the holiday season finds you healthy and well.
The Hess Cancer Foundation believes in the importance of fitness. Our slogan is ‘Fitness for the Fight’. There’s a Utah resident who has re-defined what fitness is and has also set a world record in 2010 by completing 22 half-Ironman competitions in 30 weeks. What an amazing feat! His name is James Lawrence. James has decided that in 2012, he’s going to complete 30 FULL IRONMAN RACES IN ONE YEAR! That means on average, he will be completing an Ironman every 2 weeks or less for the entire year. He is already registered for the events and just needs to figure out how he’s going to travel to each of them. That’s where you and I can help. If any of you have airmiles or frequent flyer points that will expire, please consider donating them to James – he could sure use them. He could also use help with airline tickets. If you know how he could get a flight (or several flights) donated or purchased at a discount, please let me know and I’ll let him know. James is also looking for sponsors from individuals or businesses alike. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please let me know and I can get you in touch with this inspiring individual. KSL recently reported about James and their story can be read here:
So why does fitness mean so much to the Hess Cancer Foundation? I have always believed that fitness is one of the best and most important ways to fight cancer. Jackie Clark recently confirmed this to me and shed some more light on the subject. She recently sent an article to me that was so good I just had to share it with all of you. Please take the time to read the following short article, it’s worth reading!
Exercise Benefits Children with Cancer
It’s long been known that exercise lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. But exercise also can benefit individuals—including children—who already have cancer, even while they’re undergoing treatment.
According to the National Cancer Institute, leukemia is the most common form of cancer to affect children. Other common forms include brain tumors, lymphoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Children have been known to suffer from other forms as well, even mesothelioma cancer, which more commonly inflicts older men.
But whatever the type of cancer, children who are undergoing or have completed cancer treatment can benefit from exercise, according to the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center.
While the disease and treatment may limit a child’s physical activity, the Integrative Therapies Program reports that exercise has been shown to improve many symptoms, including pain, mood and physical function. To improve a child’s symptoms, physical activity does not have to be rigorous. Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian reports that movement therapy has been shown to be particularly effective for children who have been in the hospital for an extended time or who have encountered pronounced fatigue, anxiety or depression.
The hospital tailors movement therapy based on a child’s interests, physical condition prior to cancer and current physical condition as a result of cancer and treatment complications. The hospital’s Integrative Therapies Program uses a variety of exercises from yoga, karate, Pilates and dance in both group and individual sessions that are scheduled during and after cancer treatment.
The Integrative Therapies Program also cites several research studies that have shown the positive effects of home- and hospital-based exercise and therapy in alleviating fatigue and other symptoms of pediatric cancer patients.
On its informational website, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommends that parents of children with cancer talk with their child’s health care team to plan an appropriate exercise program.
ASCO adds that chemotherapy and radiation therapy often leave patients, even children, feeling too tired to do anything more than stretch or walk slowly. And, in any case, patients undergoing treatment should never elevate their heart rate more than 50% to 60% of their maximum heart rate.
Since we’re on the subject of fitness, there’s an event coming up on New Year’s Day. Those of you who have stayed fit during the cold months should head south and take part in this event – it’s called the ‘New Year Revolution’, which is a 55, 65, or 100 mile bike ride in Goodyear Arizona. A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit the Hess Cancer Foundation. For more information and registration info, check it out at http://www.ridemybike.com/rides/view/id:902.
Last of all, I just wanted to encourage all of you to make a small donation to the Hess Cancer Foundation. It’s very easy to make an online donation at http://hesscancer.org/donate/. Your donation is tax-deductible and I promise you that your money will be used for a good cause.
Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Take care and God bless,
Travis P. Hess
Hess Cancer Foundation
510 North 900 East
Lehi, Utah 84043