Testimonials from grant recipients who participated in the “Let’s Get Moving” Group classes from October 2013- December 2013:

  Very fun class.  Helps you with mobility and flexibility.  When I first started I couldn’t bend my knees and now, I go all the way to the floor!  Hope to see you at our next class!
December 19th 2013

 This program helps you get in shape and helps you become confident in yourself and your body.  The Alive to Strive program has let me meet new people on dialysis just like me.  Being in shape is a good idea and being involved in this program has kept me in shape.  I have become more confident in everything I do now!
Let’s Get Moving class participant
December 19th 2013

 This has been a wonderful experience for me as a group fitness instructor.  Through adaptive movements the group has been able to get much stronger and more flexible!!  Can’t wait to see everyone in March!  Remember, keep moving and keep smiling
Jill, class instructor
December 19th 2013

 This exercise class was challenging and very beneficial to me.  A great improvement in my stamina and overall improvement in my agility.
December 19th 2013

  This experience has helped me to strengthen my muscles and increase joint mobility, also helped me to relax through breathing with the exercises and meditation at the end of the sessions.
Let’s Get Moving Class participant
December 19th 2013 

  My name is Kim and I have been on dialysis since 2004.  I presently do home hemodialysis.  When my social worker suggested I might like to join the “Let’s Get Moving” group, I was scared.  Scared I wouldn’t be able to do the exercises and also to be honest, scared I would be the worst in the class.  I hadn’t done any exercises in more than five years and in my mind, below beginner level.  I spoke with Marie-Eve and my nurse who both reassured me that the class was designed for our abilities and to not worry so I went.  I am so happy I overcame my fear and joined the class.  Our trainers have modified the exercises to each person’s ability, it’s nice to talk to other dialysis patients.  I have become more confident that I can do more with my body.  I event took my dog for a short walk up and down the street!  I don’t know who was more shocked, me or the dog!  It’s a great Group.  Come join us!
November 7th 2013

Email received from David Presley’s wife on June 7th, 2013

On Monday, April 28th. we were relaxing at home after a busy weekend. Saturday, we had done a promotion for Organ Donation at our local grocery store and on Sunday, we had volunteered at Alive to Strive. Our phone rang, and it was the call we had been waiting years for. A kidney was available for David. That night, at 11 p.m. he was taken to surgery which lasted for several hours. At 4:30 a.m. I received a call from the surgeon to inform me that all had gone remarkably well and that the kidney started to function immediately!

David’s recovery has been remarkable! Yes, there are the little ‘bumps’ which we were prepared for. I firmly believe that David’s recovery would not be progressing as well as it is if it were not for the fact that through the Alive to Strive program with his wonderful trainer Becky and his exercise regime he was in good shape to receive this gift of a new kidney. He had never exercised in a formal way until this program was offered to him.

We feel we are ‘Living a Miracle’!

Sincere thanks and appreciation!
– Lyn Presley

Everyday people are the ones who can make miracles!

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