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UVM College of Medicine Marathon Team Raises Funds for Cancer Survivors

2012 Marathon Team
Photo courtesy of James Gilbert

On May 27, 2012, nearly 100 members of the University of Vermont College of Medicine Marathon Team joined 700 two-person relay teams, 700 three- to five-person relay teams and more than 3,100 marathoners to run in the Keybank Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Vt. Along with teams from Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Vermont Cancer Center, the UVM College of Medicine team raised funds and awareness for a unique oncology/hematology rehab program run through the Vermont Cancer Center at UVM/Fletcher Allen called Steps to Wellness. To date, the UVM team has raised over $28,000.

The Steps to Wellness program and the marathon teams are a natural fit; both endure physical and emotional challenges, and both prove that having a team can make all the difference. Steps to Wellness uses a strength and endurance training regimen to help get cancer survivors back on track. Led by hematologist/oncologist Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D., UVM assistant professor of medicine, the Steps to Wellness team also includes Patricia O’Brien, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, and Diane Stevens, a Fletcher Allen physical therapist. The program is offered to all types of cancer patients.

Led by Class of 2015 medical students Benjamin Clements, Amanda Dauten and Marisa Liu, the UVM College of Medicine Marathon Team’s mission is “to promote unity and wellness amongst our class while engaging friends, family and community members in the support of Steps to Wellness.”

On March 15, 2012, medical students from the College of Medicine Marathon Team had an opportunity to hear directly from a panel of Steps to Wellness participants about their experience with cancer, as well as how the exercise training program has impacted their lives. One survivor on the panel said that, after going through cancer treatment, “I needed to reclaim my life and exercise was the best way to do that.”

Learn more about Steps to Wellness. Donate to Steps to Wellness through the UVM Medical Marathon Team or the Fletcher Allen Marathon Teams on the Vermont City Marathon Miles for a Mission page.