In two successful years the Ride for Alive! charity bike ride in Skaneateles has raised more than $120,000. Starting this year, some of that money will go to a local business to help the foundation with its goal of helping cancer survivors lead healthy lives.
Gazella Fitness and Training, at 3986 Jordan Road, and the Alive! Foundation, based in Skaneateles, have recently partnered to offer free personal training to cancer survivors.
Through this partnership, cancer survivors, cancer patients and family members of cancer patients from anywhere will be able to get free one-on-one personal training at Gazella and, if they are ready, free group fitness such as yoga or spinning classes.
“I feel really privileged to be a part of this program and to help people. I’ve known so many cancer survivors and I’m amazed by their strength and their fortitude,” Gazella Training and Fintess owner Reem Jishi said.
The assistance given to Gazella comes in the form of a $5,000 grant, but Gazella is also giving a discount, so that the money will pay for more classes than it would at normal prices, Jishi said.
Gazella has been a supporter of Alive since the beginning. Both years Gazella has organized and sponsored a team to participate in Ride for Alive! Those teams have raised more than $15,000 for the foundation.
Gazella is a fitting place for cancer survivors because it offers one-on-one consultations with personal trainers and its location outside the village makes for better privacy and comfort, Jishi said.
The Gazella trainers are all certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and many have taken classes or participated in continuing education to learn more about instructing cancer survivors.
The fitness needs of a cancer survivor can vary greatly from person to person, which is why personal consultations are an important first step, Jishi said.