Two years have passed since Ultramar made a generous $100,000 donation to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. The donation was made with a specific goal: to help launch the My Active Health program leveraging the expertise of kinesiologist and oncology specialist Myriam Filion.
Since November 2017, the initiative has attracted some 480 members from all over Quebec. The program, which promotes physical activity for women fighting breast cancer and those who are in remission, has grown throughout Quebec, even expanding beyond its borders to Ontario and the Atlantic.
We took a look back at an emotional, challenging, and successful second year with the leader of the program which fights breast cancer armed with physical exercise and a healthy dose of team spirit.
A project to remember
“To me, it was a dream come true. I have always wanted to create a community and help women battling breast cancer improve their quality of life through physical activity. It’s ingrained in me, and I’m passionate about it. Today, I’m so happy to be able to pass on my knowledge and experience,” says the Quebec-native fitness expert.
Beyond being a dream come true, creating this program has yielded many other benefits. My Active Health helps women exercise at their own pace through customized workouts. “The kinesiologist and oncology specialist looks at the treatment’s trajectory, the medication the patient is taking, the side effects they’ve experienced, as well as the treatments they are linked to,” adds Myriam.
Achieving big goals while remaining grounded
The program, which is almost two years old, helps women battling the disease, both from a physical and mental standpoint. At the beginning, one of the main ambitions was to reach as many communities as possible with the My Active Health program so that more breast cancer patients can benefit from it. “Our “My Yoga” workshops are offered in 12 of Quebec’s 17 administrative regions, including Montreal, Montérégie, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Côte-Nord, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Estrie, Mauricie, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Abitibi,” explains Mrs. Filion.