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Tough Enough to Wear Pink
Each year Trinity Health Foundation partners with the Y’s Men and local radio stations to promote ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink.’ The proceeds from the sale of the ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink ‘merchandise provide scholarships for cancer patients to go through the Trinity Health Cancer Exercise Rehab Program located at the YMCA in Minot. This year more than $40,500 was raised.

Launched in 2007, the Cancer Exercise Rehab Program provides clinical exercise and conditioning for cancer patients and survivors to help them gain strength and resilience.

“The primary goals consist of helping individuals build muscle mass, muscle strength and endurance, cardio-respiratory capacity, flexibility, and improve functional ability,” said Russell Gust, MS, CSCS, manager of Trinity’s Exercise Physiology Department. “Secondary goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes, and improving quality of sleep, energy levels, mood, body image, and self-esteem.”

To date more than more than 460 patients have benefitted from this program. Here is what one of the participants had to say about the program:

“I find the program to be challenging, in that it helps to rebuild my mental, physical and spiritual self back to a normal life. I really look forward to coming in and working out after a long brutal battle with cancer.” - Jeff Ballentine, former Chief of Police

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