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Fitness is for Everyone

Fitness is for Everyone
Four years ago, Donna Cole had a major stroke while still in her fifties. She was working two part-time jobs, but had no health insurance and couldn't afford her medications. Through AffinityCare, Affinity Health System's charity care program, Donna received all of the care she needed including an extended hospital stay and physical therapy at Mercy Medical Center. She then began participating in the free Fitness for the Physically Challenged program for people with disabilities, located at Mercy and funded by Mercy Health Foundation donors. "Once your therapy ends, you can do some things at home, but if you really want intense physical activity, you have to go to some kind of gym," Donna said. "When you are on a limited income, you can't do that. Plus, here (Mercy) you have a therapist and she can help you with special areas." Donna still has weakness on one side of her body, but is able to walk with a cane. "We want to push ourselves because we want to stay in our homes and take care of ourselves. I am disabled to a point. I just move slower." Donna is very grateful for the care she received at Mercy and the availability of the Fitness for the Physically Challenged program. "I've really improved," she said.
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