One smile from Pam Whitehead could lift anyone's spirits as she gently encourages cancer survivors working to rebuild their strength at the Savvy Fitness center in Folsom. Diagnosed in 2000 with uterine cancer, the Sacramento architect realized the need locally for a cancer recovery program on her own personal journey to recapture her health. She began cycling and became involved with the Livestrong Foundation where she was recognized for her community outreach efforts and awarded money, which she used to launch the Triumph Fitness Program in 2005. Through a partnership with Savvy Health Solutions who provide instructors certified specifically to work with cancer survivors, the Triumph Cancer Foundation offers a 12-week program at three area locations at no cost to participants who have completed cancer treatment. Whitehead says that at the beginning of the program, some individuals are so weak from treatment, they can't even lift a bag of groceries. "The whole idea is to help people remember that they can be successful," she says. "We're helping them say good-bye to cancer and giving them the tools to move forward."
For information on the Triumph Fitness program go to: http://triumphfound.org/