THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Thomasville support program is giving cancer survivors and patients the hope they need, one bicep curl at a time.
The Thomasville YMCA partnered with Archbold Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center to create the H.O.P.E. Program.
It's been over year since Eleanor Lilly found out she had breast cancer.
And after undergoing a double mastectomy, she was unable to walk up her own stairs.
Now, look at how far she's come.
Lilly said, “It can take it out of you. But this has really given me back what I thought I had lost.”
It's what many cancer patients say they lose after hearing their diagnosis.
That's why the YMCA created Helping Oncology Patients Exercise to give patients that extra boost of confidence.
YMCA Thomasville CEO Tom Everett said, “It's not about sitting back and feeling sorry for yourself. It's about getting up and taking positive steps toward returning to health.”
The H.O.P.E. program offers a free six-month membership to patients and survivors.
But it's not only about getting them in shape, it's about giving them a support system full of people who know what they're going through .
Lilly said, “Family and friends. I couldn't have done it without them. But it's a different sort of relationship with the people who have been through it, too.”
Friday marked Lilly's last day of her six-month program.
But her trainer said she's done more than break personal records for bench presses and squats.
Trainer Cindy Munoz said, “It really has changed my outlook on life and my attitude about a lot of things. I'm very thankful.”
And while Lilly may be a retired teacher, survivors and patients still learn from her positivity and strength.