“I want to celebrate and live my life.” Those very appropriate lyrics from Taio Cruz’ song Dynamite ring out in a fun new video of McGill University research scientists dancing around their lab in support of cancer research. The video is designed to highlight the important cancer research that is taking place at McGill’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre. The video was launched on September 21, 2011 and has already been viewed more than 44,000 times.
Timing for the release of this video is particularly relevant. October is Breast Cancer Month and one of the key areas of research for the Goodman Cancer Research Centre is breast cancer research. In addition to highlighting their work, every view of the video is going to result in a donation by the video’s sponsor to the Goodman Centre.
An important part of Breast Cancer Month is celebrating and supporting women who are currently going through breast cancer treatment or who have survived breast cancer. The choreographer of the video is Adonna Greaves, a fitness and dance instructor and breast cancer survivor. Greaves was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2005, opened her dance studio in January 2006, and started chemotherapy in February of the same year. Although her doctors encouraged her to take it easy, she felt like teaching fitness classes acted as physical and mental therapy, so she kept working hard throughout her treatment.
According to an article about Greaves in Canada.com, exercise can extend the life of cancer survivors:
Cancer patients who exercise regularly following their diagnosis report less nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue compared to those who don’t exercise. … A 2005 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that walking as little as one hour a week at the leisurely pace of two to three miles per hour reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 30 per cent. Increase the amount of time spent walking to three to five hours a week at the same pace and the risk of breast cancer recurrence drops by another 10 per cent.
Don’t Forget! Early detection is critical in the fight against breast cancer. Learn more about breast cancer screening, including checking your own breasts, being examined by a healthcare professional, and having mammograms, at thing-a-ma-boob.
Do you know any breast cancer patients or survivors? What are you doing to celebrate and support them this October?
Photo credit: Screen capture from video