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Helena Scott

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Helena Scott

Story: Julie Smith   Photo: Amy Roberts


“Once I had my first child, I was looking for an opportunity as a new mom to connect with other moms in my neighborhood while staying in shape, and tying those two things into my work at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the fight against cancer,” says Helena Scott, Area Director for LLS. She and another mom launched The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Moms In Training program in the Spring of 2012. That year, 25 moms raised over $40,000 in the fight against cancer. Charlotte launched its first season last spring with 150 moms raising over $125,000 for LLS. “What makes Moms In Training unique is that it really caters to everyone, regardless of fitness ability or age of kids,” says Scott. New moms have the opportunity to bring kids to the workouts as they are stroller friendly or it’s an opportunity for moms to have ‘me’ time. “No matter what the reason, every participant has a common motivation to see a cure for cancer,” says Scott. Last season in Charlotte, a participant’s 3-year old son was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Being around such an inspiring group of moms provided her with strength and hope in knowing there was an army around her and she was not alone. There was another mom who had recently relapsed with breast cancer. The Moms In Training workouts provided her with a purpose, and was a motivation for everyone that witnessed her strength and perseverance as she overcame her disease. To date, over 3,500 moms have participated in the national program, raising close to $4 million.

To learn more about  the local Moms in Training https://www.facebook.com/momsintrainingcharlotte/