I’ll be getting dressed up and going out for a lovely evening at the American Cancer Society’s 34th Annual Diamond Ball. My husband and I will be there to cheer on our good friend Lockey Maisonneuve, who is this year’s recipient of the Luster For Life Award. I’m absolutely thrilled for Lockey and elated to be part of her evening!
Presented to a cancer survivor who truly exemplifies someone who has not only conquered cancer but also used her experience, as difficult as it was, to help others, the Luster for Life Award could not be presented to a more inspiring recipient.
Lockey was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Her body was ravaged and she handled it with kid gloves – afraid of every movement. As a personal trainer, it struck her that, if she was having such a difficult time, how much worse must other women feel about reclaiming their bodies after treatment? That question and her mantra (“This can’t be for nothing, there must be something for me to learn.”) led her to create the MovingOn Rehabilitative Exercise Program.
Lockey and I met in her MovingOn class. Like no other support experience I had, the MovingOn Program worked wonders for my body and my mind. As Lockey notes:
“MovingOn seminars and classes provide information about the benefits of rehabilitative exercise for cancer patients/survivors. They also provide a space of support to let women discover they can move on from diagnosis and treatment. Of all the cancer patients I’ve met, the one thing they all have in common is, at the end of the day, they want to feel comfortable in their own skin again.”
One of the definitions of luster is, “radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance; radiance.” Lockey isn’t exactly comfortable being the center of attention, but there is no one I know who more epitomizes Luster for Life than she does. Come Saturday night, we will all be basking in the glow of her radiant light.
Survival > Existence,
You can find Lockey (that’s her above in green) at LockeyMaisonneuve.com