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> Wellness Wednesday
A newsletter for members, family and friends of Welcyon.
Walk into our Edina, MN club on a Monday or Friday and you’ll be greeted with the smile and personality of fitness coach Sarah Wagner, who recently made headlines by being the top survivor finisher in the 22nd Annual Twin Cities Race for the Cure®
“I came across the finish line and there was a white tape. I was wondering where the other fast people were,” Sarah said. “I was really surprised, but it has always been a goal of mine that I’d one day finish the Race for the Cure first so that was really fun.”
Sarah completed the 5K course with an impressive time of 24:42. When she signed up for the Race for the Cure, she did so more for the celebration of survivors, never thinking she’d finish first.
“I really enjoy running in the Race for the Cure because you see the notes on people’s race bibs that they are racing in memory or celebration for someone and it’s just really cool to see that,” Sarah said. “It’s also really fun to hang out with all the survivors and see all the people that come out just to support us. It is really humbling.”
It was about a week after her 33rd birthday in 1998 when Sarah was first diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a rarer form of breast cancer. She successfully underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, and was in remission for 11 years. In 2009 her cancer returned. This time Sarah opted for a double mastectomy along with chemotherapy. She has enjoyed five years of remission since then.
In the 11 years between diagnosis, Sarah said she could really see the impact cancer research groups like the Susan G. Komen Foundation have had on cancer treatment. Sarah noted the different mindset of care providers, the expanded knowledge of the disease, and a wider variety of treatments available. Those advances in research are what have women like Sarah living happy, normal lives today.
It was while going through treatment that Sarah got interested in nutrition and physical fitness because she wanted to lose the extra weight gained because of medications. “I had done a weight loss class with a great nutrition coach who turned me onto nutrition, health and fitness so I went back to school to get my Personal Trainer certificate,” Sarah said.
While studying for her Personal Trainer certificate Sarah saw an article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal about Welcyon and really liked the concept of a health club designed specifically for adults over 50. She stopped in the Bloomington club, and in August became a fitness coach.
Sarah says Welcyon’s members inspire her every day. “The energy and enthusiasm our members have for keeping fit and wanting to be healthy as they age is something that inspires me to be healthy and live a longer life,” she said. “To see members wanting to build strength and eat healthy beyond their 50s and even into their 90’s is so inspiring as they’re happy and full of joy. That is what makes Welcyon special to me.”