Local CEOs get walking for Fit2BeCancerFree
Did you know that one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? Our own St. Louis president Peter Blumeyer, along with CEOs Against Cancer of St. Louis, teamed up to challenge their colleagues in Fit2BeCancerFree and raise money to find a cure.
In honor of National Cancer Control Month, I recently had the chance to join local CEOs across St. Louis for a one-day fitness challenge to get active and promote cancer prevention. Throughout the day, we organized “walking breaks” and shared our experiences via social media. The #Fit2BeCancerFree was trending on Twitter twice! These breaks were the perfect way to let others know the importance of building physical activity into their workday, while showing support for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Throughout the event, the CEOs who walked in the event racked up an amazing 340,000 steps for about 170 miles. And while not one to brag, I was proud to take home the honor of winning the “Most Steps” category for the St. Louis market with approximately 82,200 steps. I’ve been resting ever since!
While thousands of people across the U.S. were out racking up hundreds of miles worth of steps, UMB associates in St. Louis, Missouri were raising awareness and funds to make a local impact. The Hope Lodge St. Louis is a facility that offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment is in another city. ACS recently launched a capital campaign with a goal of $10 million, and Hope Lodge St. Louis has already reached the halfway mark raising $5 million—including a $500,000 gift from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, N.A., trustee.
While the Fit2BeCancerFree event was a huge success, the battle against cancer continues to impact millions of people. I encourage everyone to visit HopeIsHome.org and consider making a personal contribution to help build a new and improved Hope Lodge in St. Louis. Any amount can help show support of ACS and its mission to save more lives from cancer.
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