. - A local nonprofit cancer support group is helping cancer survivors stay healthy. Tucson Cancer Conquerors is exactly what it sounds like. The group of women involved are conquering cancer, one workout at a time. Liz Almli is an anesthesiologist, a breast cancer survivor, and the group's "Get Active Committee" chair. "We promote healthy survivorship," said Almli. "Not only during cancer treatment but when cancer treatment is done." This morning, she helped organize the group's 6 a.m. gardening routine at Felicia's Farms located off River Road and N. Dodge Blvd.
"It's a workout between hoeing and weeding," said Almli. "The other thing, it's really important for people to be outside. When people are under cancer treatment, the gyms are full of germs and to be outside in the fresh air is really healthy. Plus, they're growing organic produce for our members so that we can eat healthy food."
Almli says about 80 percent of the women involved are breast cancer survivors. However, members don't have to be a cancer survivor to get involved with the group. "Tucson Cancer Conquerors is a nonprofit support group run by cancer survivors and the people that support them, their friends, their families," said Almli. "We do programming like nutrition, fitness, exercise to help people improve their
immune system to get stronger and feel better."
The group meets every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning and invites the public to get involved. To get a closer look at their schedule, go to their website http://tucsoncancerconquerors.org/
However, that's not the only way the community can get involved. Eegee's Corporation chose Tucson Cancer Conquerors to be its highlighted organization during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of the proceeds from the October sales of its pink lemonade flavor and the amount collected in coin canisters will go to the Tucson Cancer Conquerors.