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Winery event to benefit exercise program for cancer survivors

Posted Sept. 7, 2011

Photograph courtesy of Helwig Vineyards & Winery
Helwig Winery is the site of a fundraiser to benefit the Triumph Fitness Program, which helps cancer survivors build physical strength following treatment. The winery features spectactular views of Shenandoah Valley’s rolling countryside.

For several years, cancer survivors throughout Sacramento have been helped back on their feet through UC Davis Cancer Center's Triumph Fitness Program.

The program was created by uterine cancer survivor and Sacramento architect Pam Whitehead, a member of Cyclists Combating Cancer and a long-time advocate for the Livestrong Foundation. Offered in both the Sacramento region and in Modesto, the program already has helped nearly 500 survivors.

On Sept. 17, Whitehead and other advocates will host "Triumph Uncorked," an elegant fundraiser to benefit the Triumph program. The event co-sponsor is Spokes of Hope, a philanthropy that supports cancer-related programs and raises awareness for survivorship issues.

Triumph Fitness offers 10-week strength and fitness classes for people who have recently completed cancer treatment. Designed to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve the capacity to perform activities of daily living, the program also helps reduce the severity of cancer side effects, improve energy levels and self-esteem.

Pam Whitehead © UC Regents"After watching five other members of my own family diagnosed with cancer and facing physical challenges, I became convinced that every survivor could benefit from program guiding them through exercise."
— Pam Whitehead

Whitehead said her own cancer experience helped her realize the importance of fitness to regain a sense of normalcy and empowerment, and developed Triumph Fitness as a stepping stone to help other survivors continue living life free of cancer and strong.

Triumph Uncorked


Date: Sept. 17, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Helwig Vineyards and Winery, 11555 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth, CA 95669

Map directions

Click here for ticket information.

“Cancer was no longer in control; I was,” she said. “And after watching five other members of my own family diagnosed with cancer and facing physical challenges, I became convinced that every survivor could benefit from program guiding them through exercise.”

Held at Helwig Winery in Plymouth from 5:30-10 p.m., the event will feature the smooth jazz sounds of Bay area artist "Utopian Dreams," Helwig wines, a silent auction, a gourmet picnic dinner from Sellands Market Café and dessert from Freeport Bakery.

Helwig is Amador County’s newest winery and features a breathtaking amphitheater carved into the hillside with spectactular views of Shenandoah Valley’s rolling countryside.

Discounted tickets are available for cancer survivors.