SYRACUSE N.Y. NCC NEWS – 13Thirty makes a closer connection to the cancer community in Syracuse. The organization expanded with new renovations to their facility that assist teens and young adults with their battle of cancer. 13Thirty Cancer Connect brings forward health and wellness with the addition of their new gym. The cancer community center focuses on ways to make their members feel strong and confident while undergoing treatment.
“Knowing that our fitness programs and wellness programs were very important we would not have those opportunities to come to Syracuse so we really wanted to put the wellness center the full kitchen and the gym into right in house to expand on those programs,” 13 Thirty Cancer Connect Community Relations Coordinator Megan Scott said.
The cancer organization wanted their members to have everything they need at their fingertips. Having a place they can come to where they can bond with other’s like them and strive to be better during tough times as a teen or young adult is vital. The wellness center and kitchen is huge help in creating events that speak to health and wellness while keeping the young cancer community entertained.
“Because this is for them this is like another home,” 13Thirty Cancer Connect Program Leader Katie Lannon said.
Cancer patients have a lot to deal with let alone having to find ways to fight through the struggle that stems from the disease. Adding programming for both the patients and the parents adds a calm feeling and makes it easy for the 13 Thirty Cancer Connect staff to motivate their members in the health, fitness and wellness space.
“With our fitness programs coming up to use our fitness room right here in the center, we have Michelle from Elevate. She’s a wonderful college certified trainer who’s gonna be coming in every Wednesday for eight weeks straight. We also do parent program similar to that hopefully they’ll get to arm wrestle her as well because she is a national champion in arm wrestling in 2017 I believe and so they also just have the opportunity to work out when they want to,” Katie Lannon said.