Cancer survivors prepare for Bridge Walk

By on May 10, 2010

Living Well Cancer
Resource Center
sponsors May 15 event

Geneva—On May 15, more 1,500 people whose lives have been touched by cancer will gather at on the island at Fabyan Park in the Kane County Forest Preserve to participate in the 5K Bridge Walk to benefit the Living Well Cancer Resource Center.

Many at the Bridge Walk will be cancer survivors and their family and friends. Others will be those left behind by a loved one who lost their battle with cancer. And still others will be people who simply want to rally behind the cause of Living Well Cancer Resource Center to provide programs and services free of charge.

Every team preparing for the Bridge Walk has a story.

For the Breast Cancer Boot Camp participants, entering a team in the Living Well Bridge Walk is a natural extension of the program they participate in at Living Well. The Breast Cancer Boot Camp program is all about not just surviving breast cancer but thriving through treatment and in life. The program is an example of the Chicago Bears Football Club giving back to their community. It was made possible through a grant by Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears Football Club, and the efforts of the “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” T-shirt campaign.

In a light-hearted take on the challenges the Breast Cancer Boot Camp team takes on, team captain Renee Ayer created an inspirational chant for the troop in traditional military cadence: “We don’t care what we’ve been told; this cancer stuff is getting old! We walk today ‘cause we’ve got feet, and Living Well just can’t be beat!”

Ayer, a resident of Campton Hills, was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago and understands firsthand the difficulties of the journey.

“When you’re dealing with cancer, so much is happening to you that you don’t feel in control of. The Breast Cancer Boot Camp gives us the opportunity to take charge of our health and lives amongst a community of people that have a shared experience,” Ayer said.

Breast Cancer Boot Camp group members include a diverse collection of women in terms of age, careers, interests and stage in the cancer journey, but all of whom share the experience of being cancer survivors or caregivers.

“The community of participants in the Breast Cancer Boot Camp are all at different stages of treatment, recovery and getting on with life, but we inspire each other to thrive—not just survive—and we use our individual strengths to mentor and support each other,” Ayer said.

For more information on the Breast Cancer Boot Camp, to join the Bridge Walk or to donate, visit www.livingwellcrc.org or call (630) 262-1111.

Photo: Breast Cancer Boot Camp team captain Renee Ayer laces up her boots as she
prepares for the LivingWell 5th Annual Bridge Walk, May 15. The Breast
Cancer Boot Camp program is underwritten by Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears Football Club. Courtesy Photo