2015 Fitness Retreat Recap

That woman who never usually dances got up anyway to enjoy the music and shake her stress loose. That woman who’s never been to a gathering of like-minded woman celebrating life, and is scared she won’t feel comfortable, went anyway and felt right at home. That woman who hasn’t been that long out of treatment and is weighed down with tiredness went, enjoying the flexibility and ease of the event, and had an amazing time. That woman who is not afraid of new people or experiences went to simply to relax and catch up with old friends. That woman who has a skill, a talent, or a passion shared them generously with other women. Who are all these women? They are cancer survivors and instructors who were present at the 2015 Team Survivor Northwest Fitness Retreat in Port Townsend, WA.

The TSNW annual retreat has been happening for over ten years, but this year was extra special because Team Survivor Northwest celebrated its 20th anniversary. The weekend got off to a great start with an inspiring keynote address by stage 4 lung cancer survivor, Diana Lindsay and husband Kelley, authors of the new book, Something More Than Hope. It continued on Saturday with yoga, Zumba Gold, adult recess, Qi Gong, and much much more. Though it rained a little the sun came out just in time for our outdoor Chi Run/Walk and Photography classes. The National Park surrounding Fort Worden is the perfect setting to enjoy the outdoors and uncover plenty of wildlife and still life worthy of pictures.

While everyone enjoyed each other’s company and all the pampering, reflection and self-care that takes place at the retreat, the highlight of the weekend had to be the Marimba band who played for us after dinner Saturday evening. Yesango reside in Port Townsend, WA and were themselves celebrating their 20th anniversary. About ten or so people danced to the music throughout most of the performance. Others decided that tapping their feet was movement enough for them, however by the end every single woman in the room was on her feet and moving to the enticing marimba rhythms. It was a truly miraculous moment to witness. It is this unbridled joy and spontaneity that makes the Annual Team Survivor Northwest Retreat such a special, special event. Some topped off the evening at the beach bonfire, others went to the crafts room to explore their creativity, while still others retreated to their rooms to cuddle up with a good book or some long awaited sleep.

Sunday we had a few more classes and the pleasure of listening to the founder of Team Survivor Northwest, Dr. Julie Gralow, present an overview of cancer research and prevention during these past twenty years since the creation of TSNW. It was amazing to see just how many more women survivors there are now than there used to be. The women in the audience were just a sliver of the number of survivors in the world today thanks to cancer researchers and doctors like Dr. Gralow, and thanks to all the wonderful non-profit organizations and all the survivors, friends and family who have helped raise awareness and funding. This retreat is a truly not-to-be-missed event for any female cancer survivor who lives in the Seattle Area. If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of our retreats I highly recommend looking into it for next year.

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Road Cycling Clinic

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April 11-12, 2015

Presented by Real Rehab in partnership with Team Survivor Northwest


  • What: A two-day Clinic for beginner to intermediate cyclists (bring your own bike!).
  • Indoor Instruction with skills practice: group riding skills, group riding etiquette, shifting, pedaling, efficiency, braking, cornering, bike fit, riding position,  broad skills/etiquette, flat tire fixes, how to know when to visit a bike mechanic, stretch & strengthen for cycling fitness and more!
  • Registration: Register on‐line beginning February 13. Fee is NON‐REFUNDABLE.
  • (check our website for a link to tickets – www.teamsurvivornw.org)
  • For more information or questions email: info@teamsurvivornw.orgThanks to RealRehab for providing our instructors for this event. All proceeds go directly to TSNW.
  • Cost: $25 for members; $35 for non-members. Members receive priority registration. $15 youth rate for individuals ages 15-20. All proceeds go directly to Team Survivor Northwest for our on-going programs.
  • Where: Saturday Clinic Instruction; United Church of Christ, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island – Bring Your Bike for on bike practice
  • OPTIONAL: Sunday ride; meet at Leschi Starbucks at 8:00am
  • When:
  • Saturday, April 11: 9:00am–4:00pm On‐Bike Instruction, Skill Practice, Lunch, Optional Flat Tire Repair
    • Lunch included plus energy drinks & snacks
  • Sunday, April 12: 8:00am – estimated end time –12:00noon – meet at Leschi Starbucks. Optional local ride (15-30 miles) for beginner to experienced to test your new skills.

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Women of Wonder Run/Walk was a success!

On September 7th 2014 approximately 1500 women showed up at Green Lake to participate in the second annual Women of Wonder 5k and 10k run/walk. Team Survivor Northwest was honored to be the event beneficiary this year, which means that a percentage of the registrations will go to TSNW, helping us continue to offer our wonderful programs to women cancer survivors at no cost to them.

It was a beautiful day that Sunday. I watched women, many dressed up as their favorite super heroes, arrive smiling and excited for a day of much needed celebration. As you can imagine there were many Wonder Women roaming the grounds, but there were also some other heroes in the vicinity.

WoW in line

Women weren’t the only ones eager to get physical and celebrate. The event also offered a kids run. Some kids even joined in with the preparations. Long-time member and Dragon Boat co-captain, Judy Wolcott, Board Member, Paula Tomlinson and Board Member, Jean Vye’s husband, Harry were a few of the wonderful volunteers that came out that morning to support Team Survivor Northwest. These three spent most of the morning unwrapping and preparing the race medals for distribution at the finish line, and some nearby kids just had to jump in the action.

WoW medal table

Two board members of Thrive Through Cancer, a non-profit organization that aims to provide young cancer survivors with age-appropriate resources and a space to share their story, showed up to support Team Survivor Northwest and reach out to the community. Amanda and Paige were fantastic water monitors and I am happy to say they joined our ranks that day by registering for membership to TSNW. We are very excited to have them!

WoW thrive ladies

Of course let’s not forget our members who came out to participate in the run. Mary Carney, Joan Tierney and her daughter Michelle, Operation’s Manager Siobhan Stanton, myself and volunteer and member Keiko posed for some pictures to commemorate this wonderful event.

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More Team Survivor volunteers and participants.

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Hats off to Mary Carney for completing the 10k. Mary was able to summarize succinctly some of the best aspects of participating in the event.

The Women of Wonder race was a friendly and approachable run/walk for all. Women of every age had the opportunity to start the race with many generations together and cheer each family member across the finish line. It was such a treat to finally catch up with a dear friend during a walk around Green Lake, and to triumphantly complete the course despite health challenges. I witnessed women trying their first ever 5k, some jogging every step of the way, others running their personal best, others resting for a bit in order to get back up again and keep going. The icing on the cake was when I finished the race and received my medal from non-participating TSNW members. Truly women of wonder!”

The Women of Wonder Run/Walk was a fantastic event full of excitement, and energy. We couldn’t have asked for a better celebration of women and a more apropos way to bring this amazing summer to a close. Thank you to all who came out in support, and we hope to see many more of you out there next year.