Who We Are
Strive 2 Thrive is run by a team of dedicated volunteers including its initiators, Geelong based Medical Oncologist , Dr Karen White, and Breast Care Nurses, Barb Cummins and Sue Bowles, who form the medical team responsible for handling referrals and eligibility, and who provide medical and health assistance to the participants throughout the program.
Our team also includes a health and fitness specialist, a finance and health industry expert, and a number of dedicated volunteers who bring a broad range of experience and skills to the team, some of whom have been participants in the Strive 2 Thrive program themselves and who now provide support to participants throughout and after the program, source and engage our guest speakers, and have run and organised various fundraising events.
Every member of the team provides their time, expertise and involvement on a voluntary basis – Strive2Thrive does not have any administration costs and every cent generously donated or received through sponsorships is used solely in the running of our 12 week programs.
How We Evolved
Add to this the overwhelming physical and emotional exhaustion most patients feel as a result of their treatments, understandably leaving patients feeling poorly equipped to recommence their normal everyday lives, let alone feel take on any new challenges or activities.
We know that the Western diet and lifestyle can increase the risk of certain cancers and that a regular exercise regime not only increases cardiac function and metabolism, but also can reduce the risk of recurrence of cancer. So a little over 4 years ago Geelong based Medical Oncologist , Dr Karen White, and Breast Care Nurse, Barb Cummins and Sue Bowles identified the need for a locally based specialised exercise and well-being program to help these cancer survivors rebuild their strength and fill the post treatment void.
The Strive 2 Thrive program was born from this need.
A cancer diagnosis often comes as a physical and mental shock, and usually results in a sudden onslaught of medical appointments, scans, tests, and biopsies, often followed by treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy all of which can impact heavily on a patient’s ability to manage their everyday lives throughout and following treatment.
The end of seemingly continuous and relentless appointments and treatments can seem to come about abruptly for these patients, with many of them experiencing a feeling of “what now”?
In creating a program to boost our fitness levels you have done far more than that - the boost to our mental and spiritual fitness, although unable to be measured, has been greater in some ways than the leap in our physical fitness, and each and every one of us are indebted to this program for “giving us a leg up” again as we get back on the horse called “life”.