Cider will be flowing, live music playing, and local health care professionals will be avowing the benefits an active lifestyle can have on those affected by cancer – all during “Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer,” a fundraising and outreach event organized by area physical therapists.

Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 at ATLAS Cider Company in Bend, Press On invites the public to celebrate cancer survivorship with music, food and drink while learning about the role physical therapy and our active, Central Oregon lifestyle can play in the lives of cancer survivors and those diagnosed with the disease.

The Press On event is in its second year.

“Physical therapy and exercise play critical roles in improving a person’s quality of life during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said Meredith Wampler-Kuhn, PT, DPTSc, a Bend-based physical therapist who specializes in oncology rehabilitation and lead organizer of the event. “Through Press On, our vision is to celebrate, educate and raise funds for local cancer survivorship programs.”

Free to attend, funds raised through sponsorship and in-kind donations from clinics, health care providers and exhibitors during Press On will be donated to St. Charles Cancer Survivorship Programs supported by Tour des Chutes. Event host and sponsor, ATLAS Cider Company, will again be selling a specially labeled batch of hard cider during the event, the proceeds of which will also be donated to these efforts.

In its inaugural year, Press On raised and donated nearly $6,500.

“Our mission is to educate and engage the community about the healing power of physical therapy in the lives of those with cancer,” Meredith said. “PT helps cancer patients maintain strength, decrease fatigue, minimize pain and maximize function during a difficult battle.”

To learn more about sponsorships and donating to Press On and supporting Central Oregon cancer survivorship programs, call Meredith at 541-948-5633.