Diagnosed with uterine cancer at age 35, Sacramento architect Pam Whitehead found inspiration in Lance Armstrong's book, "It's Not About the Bike." Now Whitehead is sharing that inspiration with other cancer survivors. With $5,000 in start-up funds from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Whitehead organized a fitness and strength-training program for cancer survivors.
Called Living Strong, Living Well, the program is designed to help men and women recover their strength and vitality after cancer treatment. The 16-week program is offered in partnership with UC Davis Cancer Center and 650 FIT, a Sacramento fitness and exercise center.
"Not everyone can win the Tour de France after a cancer diagnosis," said Julie Brown, a health educator at UC Davis Cancer Center who oversees the program. "But a guided exercise program can help most cancer survivors become stronger, fitter and more energetic — and able to live life more fully."
Whitehead received the $5,000 to launch the program as winner of the 2004 Lance Armstrong Foundation's Lori A.Tilton Peloton Triumph Award. Prize winners must use the money to support a local, nonprofit program benefiting cancer survivors. Whitehead hopes to raise additional funds so that the program can continue to be offered at no cost to participants. For information or to make a donation, please call (916) 734-5786.