New exercise program offered for the first time to blood cancer patients in Cairns, Townsville, and the Gold Coast | Leukaemia Foundation

New exercise program offered for the first time to blood cancer patients in Cairns, Townsville, and the Gold Coast

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


In a first for regional Queensland blood cancer patients, a free exercise program for blood cancer patients has launched in Cairns, Townsville, and the Gold Coast.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Fit to Thrive 12 week program can help people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and related blood disorders cope with treatment side effects and improve overall well-being.

Developed in partnership with Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation, Fit to Thrive aims to support growing evidence of the benefits of physical activity for people living with cancer. Research has shown that physical activity before, during, and post cancer treatments like chemotherapy or a stem cell transplant can have a number of benefits.

Fit to Thrive can enhance each person’s strength, stamina and confidence at any stage. This can help them cope better with the effects of blood cancer and treatment, enhance their longevity and wellbeing, or even support a return to work,” says Barbara Hartigan, the Leukaemia Foundation’s Director of Support Services. 

Fit to Thrive started in Brisbane last year, and participants have so far seen marked improvements in muscle strength, flexibility, balance, quality of life and psychological well-being, as well as a decrease in common treatment side effects such as fatigue.

Fit to Thrive is provided by the Foundation to participants at no cost, and joins other free Support Services for Queensland residents such as counselling, information, seminars, grief support, carer support, financial assistance, and accommodation.

Fit to Thrive may be suitable for anyone who has been affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, aplastic anaemia, amyloidosis, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), or a related blood disorder.


About the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is the only Queensland charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Foundation wants more people to survive a blood cancer diagnosis and go on to live a full life. We are committed to investing in research projects which focus on improving patient outcomes and providing free support programs which aim to reduce the emotional impact of a blood cancer diagnosis.

The Foundation does not receive direct government funding and relies on the generosity of the community to support our vision to cure blood cancers and support patients when they need it most.

About Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation
Aspire is a centre for delivery of mid to late stage rehabilitation, strength and conditioning programming, and medically-specific rehabilitation services.

Media contact:
Ally Tutkaluk, Support Services Communications Officer, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 07 3055 8233