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Glendale Mayor Commends GAMC at Launch of Free Cancer Fitness Program
The GAMC Free Cancer Fitness Program officially launched at the Therapy & Wellness Center on July 17. Representatives from the City of Glendale, the American Cancer Society, the Glendale Historical Society, as well as patients and staff from Glendale Adventist gathered to celebrate the debut of this valuable new service for the community of Glendale.

Laura Friedman, cancer survivor and the driving force behind the Free Cancer Fitness Program, worked together with Glendale Adventist with the Glendale Historical Society to pioneer this program.“I didn’t think it would be as big as it got, but several groups and individuals were very generous and supportive,” said Laura. “It’s really amazing to see people take up the cause and get involved, especially with something that in turn, benefits the community itself.”

Kirk Bentzen, manager of the Therapy & Wellness Center where the fitness classes will take place, gave a brief overview of the classes and explained the importance of having highly skilled and experienced individuals to lead these classes.

Even the Mayor of Glendale, John Drayman, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor, expressed his gratefulness for the creation of this program. “This is incredibly important, not only for me personally, but for this community,” said Mayor Drayman. “The efforts of everyone involved are beyond commendable.”

The event ended by Elaine Wilkerson of the Glendale Historical Society presenting a check for $36,000 to Morre Dean, president/CEO of Glendale Adventist. “We are truly honored and excited about starting another great program,” said Morre. “This is just another means to extend the mission of Glendale Adventist as we reach out to care for our community.”