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CARBONDALE (AP) — For Phil Anton, director of Robust Survivors, affiliate professor and train science program coordinator with Southern Illinois College Division of Kinesiology, Robust Survivors is a calling. When he was 14 years previous, his 13-year-old cousin and “finest buddy in the entire world,” Julie Honerkamp, was recognized with most cancers. She fought most cancers for 5 years.
“She was hospitalized in Chicago. I drove from Michigan to be there when she took her final breath,” Anton stated. “When it’s your finest buddy in the entire world dying at age 18, it shakes you.”
Anton determined to do one thing to assist most cancers victims. For some time, he participated in occasions like Relay for Life and Race for a Treatment, however he wished to do extra. He heard about Carolyn A. Dennehy and the Rocky Mountain Most cancers Rehabilitation Institute at College of Northern Colorado. She and her companions had been utilizing train as a remedy instrument to assist most cancers sufferers.
Throughout his first assembly with Dennehy, Anton had an epiphany about what he wished to do. When he got here to SIU, he introduced the thought with him.
On Wednesday night, Robust Survivors workers, sufferers, household and associates celebrated the opening of this system’s first devoted SIUC Robust Survivors Most cancers Rehabilitation Laboratory in Davies Corridor.
Anton stated Robust Survivors started in September 2005 at John A. Logan Faculty with seven college students.
This system grew, and the SIUC Most cancers Rehabilitation Laboratory opened in 2009 in Davies Corridor in an area that was a shared with SIUC Integrative Motion Laboratory. Robust Survivors workers needed to compete for time with others within the Kinesiology Division.
When Davies 123/124 turned out there, Anton was given permission to create a devoted house for Robust Survivors.
“All we’ve finished as much as at this time and this room is impressed by my finest buddy,” Anton stated.
Anton wished to call the room after his cousin, however that meant the group would wish to boost a further $25,000 to safe naming rights.
On SIUC’s Day of Giving 2019, Robust Survivors raised $18,000. Wednesday was SIU Day of Giving 2020, in addition to the open home for the brand new lab. Through the occasion, Anton introduced that this system had raised sufficient cash to safe naming rights. The lab will probably be known as the Julie A. Honerkamp Robust Survivors Most cancers Rehabilitation Lab.
“I’m right here to let you know at this time, we acquired it. I discovered we had it by midday at this time,” he stated.
The lab is a welcome addition for sufferers and workers. Their previous house was referred to by a number of folks because the “cave.” The brand new lab is vivid and clear with treadmills, weights and different tools.
Thus far, this system has labored with greater than 800 most cancers sufferers.
A type of sufferers, Laura Thomas, was recognized with breast most cancers within the spring of 2014, and a buddy and co-worker advised her about Robust Survivors. She entered this system within the fall of 2014.
“It helped me bodily get better and gave me the psychological instruments to make good dietary and bodily selections to be the healthiest I could possibly be,” Thomas stated.
Thomas has achieved “without end survivor” standing, that means she has graduated from the preliminary 12-week program, and he or she continues to work out. Subsequent week is spring break, however she will probably be at SIU for her exercise.
Contributors graduate, however they’ll proceed to work out so long as they like. Those that full the 12-week class at John A. Logan Faculty might take part in future class periods and use the pool and weight middle at John A. Logan Faculty to work out.
This system additionally affords some direct advantages for the scholars who act as Robust Survivors workers and trainers, based on Matt Jordan, former pupil director and coach, and Kara Wealthy, an SIU senior and present coach.
“It’s some of the rewarding applications I’ve been concerned with,” Jordan stated.
Wealthy stated trainers assist present personalised plans and coaching on a case-by-case foundation. “It offers private growth (for employees) and hopefully takes the affected person’s thoughts off their most cancers for a short while,” she stated.