Siobhan’s story

Cancer Exercise Program

Now we all know how hard it can be to get motivated to hit the gym. Imagine finding the energy to train while you are fighting cancer? Siobhan did just that. With the help of traditional medicines and the incredible doctors at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, she trained her way through cancer.

When Siobhan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer known as triple negative breast cancer in May 2018, she was swift to respond. A family history of breast cancer meant she was all too aware of the devastating effects of breast cancer and she started chemotherapy within a week.

Siobhan’s life changed when she was introduced to Dr Sara Wahlroos, Medical Oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, who enrolled her in a study of the impacts of weight bearing exercise on the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.

During the program Siobhan kept with her exercise and health plan despite some extremely difficult days. “Exercise gave me resilience. Chemo and cancer treatment is a marathon. You can’t sprint at the start to make it go faster.”

A passionate advocate for Dr Wahlroos’ research study, the pair now want to ensure everyone has free access to exercise during cancer treatments.

The science is clear that exercise compliments cancer treatments and participation in ANY strength training is associated with a 31% reduction in cancer mortality.

Siobhan and a dedicated support network of friends, family and professionals are working together to raise much needed funds to support a trial for other cancer patients to train their way through Chemo.

In a very short time, Siobhan has raised more than $63,000 for the Cancer Exercise Program. at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney but more is needed so get clicking and donate today to support Siobhan as she helps those fighting cancer.

Select Cancer Exercise Trial in the drop down menu on the donate page.