Team TGIF Is Set to Conquer the Prouty!

Team TGIF Is Set to Conquer the Prouty

Team TGIF Is Set to Conquer the Prouty!

quot We re not survivors we conquered cancer quot says Team TGIF founder and cancer survivor PJ Hamel quot We re ALIVE We thrive We re loving life and having FUN quot Five years ago they started walking in the Prouty Bike Ride amp amp Challenge Walk As many as 20 survivors friends and family have joined the team in some years This year their fundraising goal is 10 000 See how they re doing or make a donation at http bit ly dgVywZ About the video The video was inspired by the quot Pink Glove Dance quot a YouTube hit created by Providence St Vincent Medical Center in Portland Oregon quot We all loved it acirc it s just so full of joy It makes you smile It also makes you want to dance acirc and do your own video quot Hamel said quot Choreographer Denise Frawley worked up a dance for us set it to music and painstakingly coached us to the point where we could actually dance Old bones chemo-brain total lack of rhythm for some acirc nothing stopped Denise whose enthusiasm has been both supportive and contagious You are DANCERS she d tell us each time we met And amazingly we became dancers quot quot While Jeff Morris was filming us on the lawn outside the DHMC cafeteria every time we looked up we d see we had an audience at the windows stretching all the way up the building Patients families docs and nurses acirc lots of people stopped to watch It was fun to finish the take look up and wave like an American Idol star quot quot Was this physically difficult for anyone I d wager it was physically difficult for everyone Once you have cancer your body is never the same Things you could do easily as a teenager and even in middle age are now painful One of the women had a few moments of heat exhaustion but we got to the finish line together just as we do at the Prouty quot quot Most of us have Norris Cotton Cancer Center survivor stories Some of us have been in active treatment as recently as within the past year most of us are farther out but the majority of us are still undergoing treatment of some kind quot quot In fact one of the women went in for major surgery the day after we filmed the dance part of the video it was quite emotional after dancing for nearly three hours on a hot Sunday afternoon to know that this woman was having difficult surgery the next day At the end I know we all had special thoughts and extra hugs for her And I know the extra love surrounding her that Sunday afternoon filled her soul and helped calm her fears And thankfully her surgery turned out well quot About Team TGIF Team TGIF was founded by Hamel and Deb Grabill cancer survivors whose coffee talks evolved into an ever-growing quot support group without the social worker quot as Deb calls it quot Norris Cotton Cancer Center will often recommend the group to women who they think would find it helpful quot Hamel said quot Unfortunately there are always more women being diagnosed Fortunately we re here for them For each other quot Read quot My Story quot by PJ Hamel in Dartmouth Medicine magazine at http bit ly lLzHh

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