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Imerman Angels leverages athletic activities to help spread awareness and fund matches, and in recent years, the medical community has recognized that exercise can help ease chemotherapy side effects.

One of the most effective solutions for mitigating chemotherapy side effects may not be a medication – it may be exercise. This theory is striking given the widespread assumption doctors had for decades that exercise could harm those receiving chemotherapy. But due to emerging evidence, in recent years an increasing number of doctors have been exploring the potential benefits of workouts for chemotherapy patients.

And as far back as 15 years ago, Lee Jones – an exercise physiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – started conducting clinical trials to determine whether a structured exercise program could slow down or even prevent the physiological decline that typically occurs during chemotherapy.

Jones’ interest in the clinical application of exercise in healthcare was sparked when he learned of cancer survivors who were living longer despite the damage some chemotherapy medications can inflict on the heart. This curiosity led Jones to wonder if regular exercise could help mitigate chemotherapy side effects.

And as Jones began to explore the connection between chemotherapy and exercise through his studies, he witnessed remarkable outcomes. The findings of one study in particular were dramatic, with chemotherapy prematurely aging the control group – who did not exercise throughout – while the group that exercised experienced no decline whatsoever.

There are even studies that suggest exercise may ward off cancer recurrences and decrease death rates, according to Jones. These trends were found in breast, prostate and colorectal cancer patients who engaged in higher levels of exercise.

Encouraged by the findings of the aforementioned studies, Jones plans to conduct 14 additional studies on the effects of exercise at Memorial Sloan Kettering with 400 to 500 patients over the next three to five years.Since its inception, Imerman Angels has leveraged the benefits of physical activity through Team Imerman Angels, a group that uses athletic events ranging from a 5K to a marathon to a cycling event to help those affected by cancer. Every time a team member raises $350 in donations, it allows Imerman Angels to match a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver with a Mentor Angel. Team members fundraise by participating in events like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K and Walk, and the TCS New York City Marathon. They can also pick their own event in a program called Any Race, Any Sport, Anywhere.

Since its inception, Imerman Angels has leveraged the benefits of physical activity through Team Imerman Angels, a group that uses athletic events ranging from a 5K to a marathon to a cycling event to help those affected by cancer. Every time a team member raises $350 in donations, it allows Imerman Angels to match a cancer fighter, survivor or caregiver with a Mentor Angel. Team members fundraise by participating in events like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K and Walk, and the TCS New York City Marathon. They can also pick their own event in a program called Any Race, Any Sport, Anywhere.

CLICK HERE to find out more about Team Imerman Angels and help fund critical matches for those affected by cancer while reaping the benefits of exercise and having fun in the process.