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Learn More About the Get Real and Heel Aftercare Program

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Who are the Pink Pacers?

The Pink Pacers team was created 3 years ago when 2 women came together to walk 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Anne (a 6-year survivor) and Katy raised $6,000 and have not stopped since. As of 2009, the Pink Pacers have grown into a large group of men and women dedicated to making a difference in the Breast Cancer community.

As a result of grassroots efforts such as yard sales, facebook challenges and babysitting, the team has raised over $111,000. The Pink Pacers have been involved in 5 Avon Walks for Breast Cancer, walking over 196.5 miles in the name of finding a cure for breast cancer. In October of 2009, the Pink Pacers decided to continue in their commitment to this cause and join forces with a local program called Get REAL & HEEL.

The Pink Pacers motto is “Walk On” which they will continue to do until there is a cure!

Pink Pacers and Get REAL & HEEL 5K Walk

Bridging the Gap from Treatment to Active Living
5K Walk
Date- Saturday, March 27th, 2010
Time- 9:00 AM Late Registration
9:30 Walk
Location- Get REAL & HEEL,
3433 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
The Pink Pacers have joined Get REAL & HEEL to help bridge the gap between treatment and Active living. Get REAL & HEEL is a free program for women who have undergone chemotherapy and are ready to get their lives back on track both physically and emotionally.
This 5K walk will take place on The University of North Carolina's beautiful campus. Remember Pink is the new Green! Please bring your own water bottles to help us keep the litter down. We will provide water along the route!

There will be a family fun event with wonderful door prizes following this walk. Please bring your loose change so that you can help us "Be the change!" Every little bit will help support such a wonderful program.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Pink Pacers in 2010!

The Pink Pacers have been busy planning for the upcoming year!
Please mark your calendars for the following dates. You will not want to miss out!

February 14th
For the 4th year in a row, the UNC gymnastics team is hosting a an Annual Cancer Awareness Health Fair. The Gymnastics Team is partnering this year with UNC's Get REAL & HEEL Program along with the Pink Pacers. The Health Fair is designed to share information about a variety of programs, organizations, and companies that assist individuals and their families when facing the challenges presented in battling cancer. Representatives will be on hand to share information in booths located in the newly renovated concourse area of Carmichael Auditorium on The University of North Carolina's campus. The Health Fair will begin at 12:00 pm.

The Gymnastics Team greatly appreciates the participation of the various organizations involved in the battle against cancer. In particular, the Gymnasts wish to honor UNC's Get REAL & HEEL Program and the Lineberger Cancer Center for the support they provide women battling breast cancer.

In Conjunction with the Health Fair, the Gymnastics Team will be hosting The Carolina "Blue & Pink Gymnastics Meet beginning at 2:30 pm. This year the meet will feature the Carolina team versus the University of Maryland's team. Please join the Gymnastics Team on Valentine's Day for the Health Fair and the Carolina Blue & Pink Meet as we celebrate the hope that the Get REAL & HEEL Program, and the various organizations participating in the Health Fair, shares with individuals battling breast cancer.

March 27, 2010
Bridging the Gap Between Treatment and Active Living

Please join the Pink Pacers as we host a 5K walk with Get REAL & HEEL. Registration will open on starting in January. Be on the look out for more information coming soon!
Walk on...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Get REAL & HEEL Website

The Pink Pacers and Get REAL & HEEL

Get REAL & HEEL and the Pink Pacers The Pink Pacers have decided to take their commitment to a whole new level. They have joined forces with a local program in Chapel Hill, NC called Get Real & Heel. This is an after-care program providing breast cancer patients with individual exercise and recreation therapy. This integrative approach is the first post-treatment program in the country to combine exercise and recreation therapy as a way to manage the physical and psychosocial needs of women who have been treated for breast cancer. This program seeks to increase well-being and quality of life.

Get Real & Heel is a five month long program and is free for its participants. The participants attend Get Real & Heel three times a week, learning how to adapt to life after being treated for breast cancer. This mind, body and spirit approach enables these women to gain their life back through exercise and recreation therapy. The Pink Pacers felt that Get Real & Heel really outlines their beliefs and felt that they could find a place within this amazing program. After completing the program, the graduates are invited to join the Pink Pacers Team. The team will offer a program with different levels of walking and running groups specified to the needs of its members. The Pink Pacers have a lot of experience in training for walks and races of all lengths and will be able to facilitate a way for the graduates to continue their exercise beyond the Get Real & Heel program.

The Pink Pacers take pride in their commitment to Get Real & Heel and in addition to providing a training group, they will participate in raising funds. They hope to help build a stronger program as well as educate the public about this wonderful asset in our community. Our goal is not only to better the lives and health of the existing members but to assist in the growth and the accessibility of the program beyond the triangle to all over the country.

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