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

The next event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 30 at Hematology-Oncology Associates. The presenter will be Bryan Morgan of DHF, who will focus on fitness and wellness specifically balance and posture with practical applications as well as functional stretching and proper training. The event includes a light dinner and refreshments.

For reservations, contact Bertrand at maureenshope@yahoo.com or by calling 303-510.

"[This event] is open to anyone in the community that has been touched by cancer or a life altering disease," Bertrand said.

About Maureen's Hope

Maureen's Hope Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit funded through donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. The organization also sells a line of inspirational bracelets at Cottage Designs in Baldwinsville and Shear Forte in Liverpool with all proceeds benefiting the foundation. The foundation has given spring baskets to children spending Easter at University Hospital, has started an art program at University Hospital and has a Maureen's Hope Youth Club consisting of high school students in ninth through 12th grades, which has grown to about 80 members.

"The kids do many awesome projects and offer direct assistance to people in our community," Bertrand said.

The foundation has also awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the past two years to a graduating student at Baker High School through the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation.

"Our most recent fundraiser was a charity golf tournament held Aug. 15 and hosted by the Belgium Cold Springs Fire Department. They included Maureen's Hope in their annual Ray Smiley Golf Tournament as a way to raise funds for our foundation as well as the fire department," Bertrand said. "I was very grateful to Rich Lesniak and the entire fire department for showing us their support -- it was an awesome event. That's a small sampling of why I love living in Baldwinsville."

For more information about the foundation, visit maureenshope.org.

Susan Bertrand (left), founder of Maureen's Hope Foundation, has developed fitness care packages (pictured) for recovering cancer patients with the help of Dynamics Health & Fitness founders Jay Morgan (center) and Bryan Morgan. The care packages will be distributed to University Hospital patients later this month.

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