Photography by ChiChi Ubiña

Our community participated in the BCA’s Get Fit for Hope on May 17th, 2020. It was a challenge to exercise at your own home while raising essential breast cancer care funding for the growing number of underserved women affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals and families picked their workout of choice, to be done alone or together, be it walking, running, spinning, yoga or one of the online classes BCA offered. It was a chance to be healthy and help raise essential funding to defray breast health care costs for the growing number of underserved women who need our support now more than ever.

Donations may be made: www.breastcanceralliance.org
For more information: info@breastcanceralliance.org

Meg and Stewart Russell
Zach – 18, is a senior at Brunswick, going to Cornell
Charlie – 20, is finishing his sophomore year at Cornell

What activity is your family doing for BCA Get Fit?
Meg: We are hoping for a family walk at some point, and then doing the 11am HIIT with Pam Campbell, my regular trainer, and the 4pm yoga with Peggy.
Zach: Lift and run.
Charlie: Lift and family walk

Are you dedicating your workout to anyone?
Meg: I’m dedicating my workout to my sister-in-law and a handful of close friends who all are breast cancer survivors. And also the scores of others who were not as fortunate.

Has breast cancer affected your family?
Stew: My sister is a breast cancer survivor But other than her, we have so far been lucky in that no one else has had breast cancer.

What have you been doing to stay in shape during the time you’ve been at home?
Meg:
Lots of long walks, FaceTime workouts with my trainer, Instagram trainers.
Stew: Peloton and running
Boys: Lifting and runs

What’s your favorite music/song to work out to?
Zach: Lil Uzi Vert.
Stew: Podcasts

Sports/activities/exercise kids and parents play when not in lockdown:
Meg: I’m missing tennis a lot.
Stew, Charlie, Zach: Playing squash together.

Favorite pandemic food:
Meg: We’ve been doing a lot of baking and alternating healthy dinners with comfort foods.
Charlie: Perfecting his grilling techniques.
Stew: Sausages on the grill.

What’s been your favorite part about being at home all the time?
Meg: Catching up my sleep, needlepointing, in general just slowing down a bit.
Stew: Not commuting!
Everyone: Extra family time.

What are your plans for when it’s over?
Meg: Pedicure! And going out to meet friends for dinner.
Charlie and Zach: Going back/ off to college and spending time with friends.

Favorite movies, books, podcasts:
Meg: Just starting Beyond The Beautiful Forevers. I got to catch up on Homeland and really enjoyed Unorthodox. Stew and I enjoy The Daily, but sometimes you can overwhelmed with too much news!
Stew: Freakonimics podcast
Charlie and Zach: The Office and The Blind Side. (Both still too busy with school work to read for pleasure)

What’s the “New Normal” for your family?
Meg: We’ve always made family dinners a priority so that’s not new for us. Now we are just trying to be respectful of everyone’s schedule – with all the schoolwork and meetings going on, someone always needs to find a quiet space where they won’t be interrupted! And for some reason, there is an exponential amount of laundry to be done!