Early yesterday morning at the Brandi Fenton Park “Sarge” Anita Kellman held a strenuous exercise workout for the women in her Beat Cancer Boot Camp program, survivors of different types of cancer, and their supporters (including one man). I watched about 25 participants do a fifty minute workout of jumping jacks, squats, stretches, push ups, weight lifting, jack knives, etc. with Sarge counting out the exercises and saying “no complaints allowed.” The grass was still wet so it was an incentive not to drop your body doing planks onto the grass. I thought one of the most challenging exercises was doing jump ups onto the sidewalk, and then doing imaginary rope jumping right afterward. These were obviously highly motivated, tough cancer survivors. Sarge herself did 30 pushups on the grass to my admiration.
All photos taken by Dave Johnson, www.photographybydavejohnson.com.
My previous post announcing this resource center grand opening (click here).
Before the ribbon cutting of this new Resource Center, District 4 Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (who did not join in the workouts since his “camouflage was at the dry cleaners”) said that the center was for those who had to endure the “long battle with cancer”. District 1 Chief of Staff for Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller, Jennifer Coyle also congratulated and thanked the women for their strength. Sarge said that the center was a resource for the entire community, and was there to provide mentors, to give hope to newly diagnosed cancer patients. Cutting the yellow ribbon (photo below, L – R) were Supervisor Carroll, “Sarge” Anita Kellman, her son Mitchell Kellman, her Mom Faye Mincer, and aide Jennifer Coyle.
I was impressed with the comfort and beauty of the offices of the Resource Center, a truly welcoming place for cancer survivors and their families. Even the bathroom was decorated in army camouflage decor.
Note the creative office sign below “Home of Kellman Beat Cancer Boot Camp”.
Congratulations to “Sarge” Anita for her vision and hard work in founding this terrific program, and for the creation of this new BCBC resource center for cancer surivivors, their families, friends, and the community.