Team Phoenix is a 14-week program designed to encourage and assist breast cancer survivors to regain physical fitness, endurance, strength and flexibility after cancer treatment by training for a sprint triathlon.
Breast cancer survivors of all stages, ages and fitness levels train for a sprint distance triathlon to launch into an active lifestyle to achieve lifelong health and fitness goals. Cancer treatment and side effects are taken into consideration by the coaching staff and the volunteer medical team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and nutritionists.
Fellow breast cancer survivors enhance their survivorship through 14 weeks of prescribed workouts, training together and motivating each other to get to the finish line of their first triathlon. As teammates, they support one another as they achieve new and exciting milestones together, redefining themselves from patient to athlete.
Completing an athletic triathlon is a great accomplishment for anyone, but after enduring the medical triathlon of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, this achievement can be life changing for breast cancer survivors. Crossing the finish line is empowering beyond words.
Since the program’s inception in 2011, over 80% of the athletes who have participated continue with regular fitness whether running, biking or swimming; and over 50% of the athletes continue on with triathlons of varying distances; including several who have gone on to complete half Ironman distances and one who completed her first Ironman in 2014.
Thanks to generous gifts from individual donors, fundraising events and local and national companies’ financial and in-kind contributions, the program continues to grow and thrive. In 2015 the team grew from the Milwaukee area to include a squad in the Racine and Kenosha area and the team continues to expand from there.
Financial gifts pay for professional coaching, lectures on nutrition, equipment and facility rentals, athlete gear, team jerseys and attire, and race entrance fees.