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Cancer Patients Working Out, Building Strength

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- Walk into the gym at the Tri-City Court Club and you'll meet some of the most inspirational people.

KNDU met two women, both in different stages of their cancer treatment, working out.  And here's what's so great-- these women aren't just building muscle, they're re-building trust in themselves and in their bodies.  And all at no cost to them; the Tri-Cities Cancer Center is paying for their visits.

The Cancer Well-Fit Program started back in December of 2006.  Every few months, a handful of people are given personal training for 10 weeks to re-gain their mobility.  And one woman tells us it's like turning back the clocks. 

"It makes you a little stronger and it makes you move muscles you haven't moved in a while because it was either too painful or you weren't allowed," explains Cynthia Lancaster.  "It makes you feel a little bit more like you were before."

One personal trainer at the gym says more than half end up signing up for a second round of ten-week training.  She also says the workouts are beneficial because it gets them socializing.  In many ways, these men and women aren't just working their muscles, they're working their minds and giving strength a whole new meaning.

     

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