Running with Cancer
What are you doing Sunday morning at 8?
Three area women will be taking a run through New York's Central Park as participants in the 6th annual More magazine half marathon -- the largest women-only 13-miler in the country.
Big deal, you say? Well, for Michele Conley, Betty Lawson and Marlyn Glickman, it's a very big deal indeed. All three are cancer survivors, and running (or walking) this race is part of their commitment to reclaiming their lives through nutrition and physical activity.
They've been training with Bethesda-based doctor Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women and Fight Fat after Forty. Peeke, a marathon runner herself, will lead the women on race day; she was asked by the race organizers to train a team of cancer survivors from across the country.
Conley, 44, a mother of 4 and owner of her own State Farm Insurance business, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 35 and has suffered one recurrence but is now in good health, Peeke says. A former high-school track star, Conley is founder of the Living in Pink foundation in D.C., which raises funds for breast cancer research. Peeke serves as the foundation's volunteer medical director.
Lawson, 65, was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer 12 years ago. She, too, has had a recurrence but is now doing well. A walker, not a runner, she's done 10 marathons and 3 of the More magazine half-marathons, raising thousands of dollars for research.
Glickman, 59, was diagnosed with breast cancer 8 years ago and, despite a recurrence, now enjoys excellent health. She's never been a runner before. Her daughter Jessica, 29, will run with her to show support.
Peeke says the team's efforts highlight "the connections between physical activity and disease risk, treatment and prevention. Their higher levels of fitness have had a profound impact on these women's quality of life and life span. As the new national spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine's 'Exercise is Medicine' campaign, I would say that these women got the prescription and have been, as I love to say, 'medicating with movement' ever since."
According to Peeke, it takes 26,000 steps to do a half marathon. Good luck, ladies, every step of the way. (I'll report on how they do in Monday's blog.)
Readers, let's hear your stories. Has ramping up your physical activity and improving your diet helped you contend with serious illness?
Jennifer LaRue Huget
April 24, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Cancer , Nutrition and Fitness , Women's Health
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