In 2012, Worcester Fitness partnered with 15-40 Connection, a national non-profit organization located right here in Worcester, MA that is dedicated to improving the survival statistics of people between the ages of 15 and 40 with cancer.
“The 15-40 Connection was born out of an alarming statistic. It is one that has cut lives short and impacted many hundreds of thousands. Nearly 72,000 15 to 40-year-olds in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year. Yet, cancer survival rates for this age group have been nearly stagnant since 1975.
How can this be true? When an ache, pain, or fatigue does not go away 15 to 40-year-olds typically wait, and then wait some more for it to resolve itself. They attribute the change in their health to stress or feel that calling a doctor is over-reacting. What they do not know is the most obvious sign of cancer is an often subtle change in your normal health. Time spent waiting for these issues to resolve themselves provides cancer with time to progress. Cancer is much more difficult to treat at more advanced stages. This is a major contributor to this alarming statistic.
The 15-40 Connection is dedicated to creating a world where “invincible” adolescents and young adults take their health and medical care seriously. Motivating teens and young adults to take action when they notice changes in their normal health and to be strong self-advocates when their instincts tell them something is wrong will save lives and improve cancer survival rates.”
Worcester Fitness is extremely selective when it comes to partnering with organizations, 15-40 connection is an amazing group of people dedicated to saving the lives of young people.
We could not pick a better group for our elite team of fitness and wellness professionals to support.
Over the next months and years, Worcester Fitness will expand it’s relationship with 15-40 Connection in many ways including regular updates to members, blog posts, partnered event sponsorships and cooperative brand strategies.
Our goal is to do whatever we can to help improve survival statistics for adolescents and young adults with cancer.
If you would like to help on a personal level, please let me know and I will set up a time for you to meet with 15-40 Connection here at Worcester Fitness.
Thank you all for everything that you do that makes Worcester Fitness the special organization that it is!