One in eight!
This is the number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer!
Both my mother and grandmother are breast cancer survivors. My grandma was diagnosed at age 72 and my mom at age 57. 3 years after my moms surgeries she developed a frozen shoulder and could no longer put her arm behind her back with full range of motion. This was so upsetting to me because I knew she did not receive any Physical Therapy after her surgeries. I began to do some research and was shocked at the amount of women who are not given Physical Therapy following mastectomy and reconstruction surgeries.
In all my years as a Pilates teacher I often thought about how great Pilates would be for post breast cancer recovery. I had wanted to begin a program helping breast cancer survivors regain their range of motion and strength but didn't know where to begin starting something like this.
Flash forward to Momentumfest 2020 where I took Jill Hinson's Pilates For Breast Cancer Recovery certification. I was so moved by her and her organization, Core Compassion Project, that as soon as I completed the training I asked her how I could bring her work to Denver. Within months I was the first Core Compassion Project affiliate and already had my first recipient.
Core Compassion Project was founded by Jill Hinson and provides Pilates scholarships, fitness bras and lymphedema sleeves for women and men recovering from breast cancer. For every $600 we raise we can provide 10 Pilates Private sessions to a recipient. These private sessions are geared to increasing strength and range of motion throughout the body.
The Pilates Method works so well for post surgery rehab because we combine the breathe along with controlled movements to relax and strengthen.
If you know of anyone in the Denver area who could benefit from a Pilates scholarship please reach out to the studio or fill out the application on the Core Compassion Project website.
We are in this fight together, until there's a cure.
Get your mammograms ladies!
My first Core Compassion Project scholarship recipient, Natalie, after completing her program.
Core Compassion Project team at Momentufest 2021.
Cassandra (our next Denver recipient)
Jill (CCP founder)