Thursday, April 29, began the American Cancer Society Fit2Be Cancer Free challenge. Fit2Be consists of two components, a one-day CEO stepping competition, and a three-week company challenge. The CEO stepping competition has been notoriously competitive, with some contestants tracking 60 miles over 24 hours.
Next Level Urgent Care founder and CEO Juliet Breeze, MD, has served on the American Cancer Society Houston’s CEO circle for the last two years. This year, she was determined not only to outwalk her competitors but also to motivate others to get active and stomp out cancer.
And so, on Wednesday, April 28, Breeze headed out to Ashville, North Carolina, with her hiking boots in tow for a four-day hiking trip across the Appalachian Trail. Five others joined her, including fellow “CEO Against Cancer,” Janette Marx of Airswift.
Breeze and Marx ultimately placed 33rd and 39th respectively out of the 60 CEOs competing. “Although we had an amazing time out on the trail, we would probably have done better if we weren’t hiking uphill while carrying 30-pound backpacks,” laughed Breeze. “Nevertheless, the goal of this challenge was to promote healthy living and physical activity since both play a role in reducing the likelihood of receiving a cancer diagnosis, and I think we accomplished that.”
Breeze’s Next Level Urgent Care team will continue to get their steps in throughout the remainder of the Fit2Be company challenge, which will conclude on May 20. If you would like to support them in their efforts, you can donate here.
100% of donations will go to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Houston, an invaluable resource providing no-cost housing for cancer patients traveling to Houston for treatment.