Cancer Survivor Champions Summit Cancer Solutions’ 5k

's Success Story

LecClier Kelly is a person whose health has been transformed by cancer, but not necessarily in a way one would expect. LecClier was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2009. Radiation and surgery left her with limited range of motion in her right arm and robbed her of energy. Her oncologist, Dr. Jennifer Caskey, recommended that she join Summit Cancer Solutions to regain energy and mobility. LecClier followed the advice and joined in April 2010.

Summit Cancer Solutions is a nonprofit that offers exercise programs to cancer survivors in recreation centers. LecClier joined Summit’s program at the Carmody Recreation Center in Lakewood, and it is there that she met up with Sandy Dickman. Sandy has been an exercise physiologist with Summit for over five years. She has helped hundreds of cancer survivors regain their physical, and often times, mental well being. According to LecClier, Sandy is an inspiration. Sandy leads the classes and helps everyone stay motivated and focused on their goals.

The community aspect of Summit Cancer Solutions also has had a significant impact on LecClier. She loves the other cancer survivor participants and feels a sense of support in exercising in a group. “In particular, since I have only been diagnosed for one year, it’s been great to meet people who are five year, ten year, or even longer survivors,” LecClier points out.

LecClier’s dedication to exercise has paid off by regaining most of the range of motion in her right arm as well as a major shift in energy. She even notes, “It’s a sad truth that I’m actually in better shape now, one year after my cancer diagnosis that I was before the cancer was found.” LecClier now feels compelled to support cancer organizations like Summit based on the benefits she has received.

LecClier participated in the Tri for the Cure in August 2010 and will be in Nevada for Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure this weekend. She will then set her sights on Summit Cancer Solutions’ 5k in November. It is very important to her that cancer survivors have access to exercise, so she will be running in November to raise funds so that Colorado cancer survivors continue to benefit from Summit’s services.

Summit Cancer Solutions’ 5k run/1k walk will take place on November 6th at 9am at City Park in Denver. The cost is $25 before Nov. 4th, and $30 after Nov. 4th. Kids under 12 are free and dogs are welcome! Registrations are accepted at: http://www.active.com/running/denver-co/summit-cancer-5k-1k-run-walk-2010.

Contact Summit at 303-409-2206 or visit www.summitcancersolutions.org for more information about the 5k or to enroll in the exercise program. Summit’s participants are both men and women who have survived every type of cancer. Scholarships are available. Classes are currently offered at the following recreation centers: Carmody in Lakewood, the Peak in Littleton, Goodson & the Trails in Centennial, Montclair in Denver, Wheat Ridge, Parker, the Wulf in Evergreen, the Susan B. Duncan YMCA in Arvada, and the Northside Aztlan Community Center in Fort Collins.