Someone fit and healthy shouldn't end up with a life threatening disease. That was Langley resident Leanna Butorac's thought when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2008.
"I was always involved in fitness," said the woman who had been a fitness instructor for 20 years prior to the shocking news.
Breast cancer was the last thing she'd expected.
"It was a good four month ordeal," she said of the extensive treatment that ran into May of 2009.
Through the mammograms, biopsies, surgeries, and ultimately years of medication, Butorac gained undesired weight.
"I got myself into kind of a funk," she said. "I put on 30 pounds. Then last year I said, 'I'm done with this'."
The lack of exercise and not watching what she ate took its toll, driving Butorac back to the world of exercise. She joined the Bootcamp Effect, a local fitness organization.
"I started having a lot of fun and got myself back into shape," she noted.
Then, she learned about the Concrete Hero urban obstacle course to benefit the BC Cancer Foundation to be held on Sept. 29.
"It isn't about me," Butorac said.
"It's about helping other people who need it."
The first charitable event of its kind in Canada, Concrete Hero is filled with replica obstacles like "Lions Gate Lockdown" (a mock traffic jam participants must climb over), "The Chief" (nearly two storeys to scale), and "Lost Lagoon" (a rope swing over muddy waters).
These obstables are right up Butorac's alley, given the unique and challenging training she's been involved in at Bootcamp Effect.
"We flip tires, throw medicine balls, all kinds of different things," she noted.
Not just to support Butorac, but to support everyone dealing with cancer, the Bootcamp Effect formed a team for Concrete Hero and is sitting in the top three groups for funds raised.
Butorac considers herself honoured to be part of such an enthusiastic group.
"We all want to help others, and do the event," she noted.
By bringing her love of exercise to the forefront, Butorac will be both challenging herself as well as having fun.
Be part of the first annual Conrete Hero by supporting a participant or check out the action in downtown Vancouver on Sept. 29. There will be an urban block party after the event.
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