B'ville: Not-for-profit helps patients back to shape

"I chose Dynamic Health & Fitness because of their emphasis on achieving the mental, spiritual and physical benefits," Bertrand said. "Jay and Bryan have dedicated their lives to coaching people in achieving their health and fitness dreams and hopefully combining our passions will help fill a need that I know is out there."

The bags, which will be distributed through University Hospital and Maureen's Hope Foundation, contain a video DVD, audio CD and training manual each designed by DHF, in addition to a free membership to DHF online personal training. Valued at $120, the bags also contain a journal, stainless steel water bottle, jump rope, bracelet and inspiration quote book, "I Believe in You."

"The fitness packages will be distributed to oncology patients that have finished treatment, expressed an interest and obtained clearance from their doctors to begin an exercise program," Bertrand said adding there are 25 bags ready for distribution in mid-September. "Our reason for staring this program is very simple it's because we care."

For inspiration

In addition to the fitness care packages, Maureen's Hope also sponsors a speaking engagement once or twice a year for people in the community that are cancer survivors, people currently going through treatment or for those facing a life altering disease other than cancer.

"We try to offer these 'Evenings of Inspiration' once or twice a year as way to bring people together with the hopes they leave feeling a bit more motivated, educated and confidant," Bertrand said. "I believe that sharing hope and inspiration is a priceless gift and I also place great value in kindness from a stranger. There is also strength in numbers and when people come to a meeting and see the faces of 50 to 60 people that have walked in similar shoes, it brings them a sense of camaraderie."

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