Why we exist
Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer was founded in 2015 to educate and engage the community about the healing power of physical activities in the lives of those with cancer. We exist to remind those affected by cancer that there is hope – that through the disease, it’s possible to harness a fruitful spirit through activity, movement and a natural zest for life.
Over two years time, Press On has raised about $20,000 for Tour des Chutes and local cancer survivorship programs.
In 2015, the founders of Bend-based PT Pub Night challenged physical therapists all over the country to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month (October) through community outreach and volunteer efforts that educate people about the value of PT. A national movement created to facilitate relationships that improve the physical therapy profession, PT Pub Night inspired groups of physical therapists in more than a dozen cities to participate … including physical therapists right here in Central Oregon, who were inspired to create Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer.
Long-time oncology physical therapist Meredith Wampler-Kuhn of Bend stepped up to the challenge. She teamed up with PT Pub Night founder and licensed physical therapist Tannus Quatre, as well as local PT marketer Ben Montgomery with BuildPT, and together the three set out to create an event that celebrated the positive role our Central Oregon lifestyle plays in cancer survivorship. Support from ATLAS Cider Company proved to be the final piece of the puzzle, and Press On: Moving Lives Through Cancer was born.
A fundraiser and outreach event put on by physical therapists, the Central Oregon medical community and an eclectic mix of sponsors, Press On now exists to promote the roles activity and exercise play in moving lives through this terrible disease. In our first year, we raised $6,500 for local cancer survivorship programs. This year, we named Tour des Chutes as our official beneficiary and, through greater outreach and support, hope to nearly double this amount in 2016.