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Gazella, Alive! Foundation to provide free personal training for cancer survivors

The Alive! Foundation was first founded in 2012 by Skaneateles resident Julia Wamp, herself a cancer survivor, and husband Michael.

One of the goals of the foundation is to allocate money to businesses and community groups to provide assistance to cancer survivors, so the partnership with Gazella is hopefully the first of many, Wamp said.

The grant will be ongoing and Gazella will likely apply for more funding when they use up the current allotment, she said.

The foundation also offers a free yoga program at Saltfit in Skaneateles, which runs two sessions per year and includes three classes a week.

Fitness is important for cancer survivors, as research has shown that getting active and exercising reduces the risk of having the disease occur again, Alive! Foundation board members and Gazella trainer Maggie Thompson said.

The foundation programs focus on getting resources and offering programs to cancer survivors so they can learn about good nutrition and fitness and take the steps to get on with their post-cancer lives, Wamp said.

According to its website Alive’s mission is “to educate and empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier lives. Alive! develops and funds programs in local communities that help cancer survivors to live well by focusing on movement, exercise, and nutrition while promoting cancer survivorship nationwide.”

Their biggest annual fundraiser is the Ride for Alive! bike ride held in July of each year. The ride follows a 100-mile course around Skaneateles, Otisco and Owasco lakes, though there are also 10, 25 and 50 mile courses available for less-experienced cyclists.

Anyone interested in signing up for the free training or classes can find more information by visiting gazellatraining.com. For more information on the foundation, yoga classes or the Ride for Alive! visit alivefound.org.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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