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Cedarville grad student working to help cancer survivors through exercise

Cedarville grad student working to help cancer survivors through exercise (WKEF/WRGT)

MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A cancer diagnosis can be crushing news, but some Miami Valley women are refusing to let it limit their spirit.

More than 15.5 million cancer survivors live in the United States, and treatment can really take its toll on people both during and after the fact.

"Exercise helps alleviate nearly every single negative side effect," Karen Wonders said.

Maple Tree Cancer Alliance founder and director Wonders has studied the effects of cancer and exercise since 2003, when she was earning her doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado. She said exercise minimizes the side effect of treatment and improves chances at remission and recovery.

The three pillars at Maple Tree are exercise, nutrition and fellowship. Patients can come for as along as they want, but none of it is covered by insurance, so Wonders offers the services free of charge thanks to grants and fundraisers.

She is also working on getting her Master's Degree of Ministry at Cedarville, and said she hopes to expand her alliance nationwide.

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