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Friendship, exercise and relaxation for cancer patients

PEACEAre you or someone you know currently in cancer treatment, recently finished treatment or a long-term survivor and need a place to find friendship, encouragement and help for mind, body and spirit? Mercy Medical Center’s PEACE exercise and relaxation program serves people in all stages of their journey with cancer.

The program (which stands for People Exercising After Cancer Enters) is fully funded by Mercy Health Foundation donors. The session starts with group warm-ups of stretching and range of motion exercises and transitions to a variety of gentle strengthening workouts, plus balance and cardio exercises. At the end of each session, participants practice relaxation using guided imagery and meditation. Guest speakers occasionally attend to discuss related health topics.

Fitness equipment such as a NuStep, treadmill, elliptical, arm cycle and stationary bikes are also available and provided by donors. Participants attend the program to improve their endurance and balance, plus manage fatigue and stress. Members also socialize and support each other during a difficult time they are all facing together.

PEACE complements the other enhancements to the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center program for cancer care patients and their families. The program is an example of how a modest grant from contributed funds can make a difficult situation better for people in our community

For more information, visit www.mmcgift.org or call 920-236-1850.

About Lori Christianson, PTA

Lori is a physical therapy assistant who provides care at Mercy Medical Center.

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