An entire year has passed since Ultramar's last fundraising campaign for the Breast Cancer Foundation. In November 2017, the Foundation was able to implement the My Active Health program with kinesiologist specialized in oncology Myriam Filion.
In one year, the initiative has attracted some 330 members. The program, which promotes physical activity for women fighting breast cancer and those who are in remission, has grown throughout Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.
We took a look back at an emotional, challenging, and successful 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 specialized in the field of cancer 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 a year old, helps women battling the disease, both from a physical and mental standpoint. However, Myriam and the other experts have set many more goals for themselves: “We’re currently putting a training program into place to provide more tools to new kinesiologists who will be working with this same clientele.”
One of the main ambitions: to reach as many communities as possible with the My Active Health program so that more breast cancer patients can benefit from it. The kinesiologist wants the program to be available in both rural areas and urban centres, and for its professionals to meet “scientific literature’s highest standards.”