Team Survivor Northwest (TSNW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of fitness and health education programs to enable women cancer survivors, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level, to take an active role in their ongoing physical and emotional healing. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Julie Gralow, the organization offers programs which include Hiking, fitness classes, fitness retreats, Nordic Walking, Mountain Climbing, Triathlon Training and Dragon Boating. The scientific research has consistently shown that exercise during and after a cancer diagnosis has the most powerful effect of any lifestyle factor on cancer outcomes, reducing mortality by 40-60%. For this reason, Team Survivor provides free access to that healing power of exercise for women cancer survivors in the greater Seattle area. Team Survivor is different from other cancer organizations in the way that it creates community and empowers women through activities that are healthy, safe and fun. This is a group of doers who see an obstacle and learn how to climb over it together.
If Team Survivor Northwest were to receive such a generous donation from 100 Women Who Care, it would be used to reach two populations of underserved women in the greater Seattle area. One population that is underserved is Black women. A Black woman is more likely to die from cancer than a white woman, a sobering statistic which must be changed. For this reason, TSNW would like to start a fitness program in the South Sound with focused outreach to Black women and other women of color. Additionally, TSNW does not currently offer programs in other languages. We would like to offer a fitness program in Spanish to reach a second underserved population whose health could be improved through exercise. With these added programs, the greater Seattle community will be closer to providing a world in which every woman who has had a cancer diagnosis has the resources and support to return to her best physical and emotional well-being.