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October 18, 2011

Simmons Cancer Institute to Offer Personal Trainer Services

A personal trainer will be available to develop an exercise program for individuals experiencing cancer treatment through the Side-by-Side program at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The program is free to cancer patients at SCI’s Side-by-Side Wellness Center, 315 W. Carpenter St., Springfield, beginning October 14.

Certified personal trainer Charlie Davis, who also is a cancer survivor, has worked with patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, heart conditions, and Alzheimer’s Disease.  He said his own experience with cancer led him to work with others who have a life-threatening illness.

“I found that exercise increased my appetite, so I didn’t lose weight during treatment.  It also helped me maintain a positive attitude,” said Davis, who is volunteering his time at SCI.

“Every person is different, and we will work to find what works for each individual,” he added.

Davis will assess fitness and fitness goals, make recommendations to improve fitness, create a customized training program and monitor the progress of each participant.  He is certified by American Fitness Training of Athletics and American Sports and Fitness Association.

Sara Howe, a cancer survivor who worked with Davis to develop a training program, said, “Charlie takes time to listen to my goals and developed a training plan based on my needs.  He also keeps me motivated during those times when I need extra support.  Charlie understands the complex emotional and physical issues that accompany all cancer survivors.  He will be a welcome addition to the Side-by-Side Wellness Center.”

To schedule an appointment with Davis, call Ellen Brotzman-DeSart at 217-545-0798 weekdays.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service.  Its website is