Gifts from people like you helped Terri Ling overcome longstanding challenges with fitness and weight. After simultaneously undergoing treatment for breast cancer and caring for her mother with heart failure, Terri decided, “I still have years of life and I want them to be better than this.”
Terri began taking Providence wellness classes, including several at Basecamp | Prevention + Wellness. Basecamp opened in 2017 with strong donor support. One of its goals is to help people stay active and eat healthy. Since its opening, 7,000 people have participated in movement, nutrition and cooking classes.
“It’s easy to be intimidated by exercise classes and confused by different claims about what to eat," said James Beckerman, M.D., medical director of Basecamp. "We want to help people find what works for them. No matter how small their first step, if they start today we know their progress can be remarkable.”
Terri’s progress has been remarkable. She’s lost more than 100 pounds and completed three 5K charity walks and a Portland to Coast relay.
Terri serves as volunteer liaison between Basecamp and Providence Portland Medical Center. She also volunteers in the Providence Infusion Center and cancer support areas.
“Tracie Rose, Basecamp’s program coordinator, convinced me to do Heart to Start (Providence’s 5K exercise program). She’s the leader of Basecamp’s ‘Yes, you can!’ team.”
Visit Basecamp’s website for information on classes and other heart health learning opportunities.