Thirteen years of constant treatments for breast cancer had taken a toll on Kelly Lange of Annapolis. Her bones were weakened and her body felt mangled. After a spontaneous rib fracture, a nurse practitioner recommended Excel Pilates Annapolis and owner Kerry De Vivo as a path to strengthening her core, but Lange was skeptical.
“I never imagine that I could execute even the most basic Pilates exercises,” Lange said. “But after working with Kerry and her team, I found myself getting stronger. Pilates has given me back the strength to live a more normal life. Pilates is perfect for an imperfect body”
Lange’s determination and story of survival have led to De Vivo to support METAvivor this month during a nationwide campaign “Pilates Gives Back,” launched by the Authentic Pilates Union. METAvivor is an Annapolis based organization founded in 2009 by four women with metastatic breast cancer who wanted to fund research with the specific goal of ending death from the disease. Lange is a past president and current treasurer of this group.
Excel Pilates Annapolis will host a free in-studio Pilates demonstration on Wednesday, September 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Lange will take part in the demonstration and converse about how Pilates has assisted her in recovery. Donations of any amount for METAvivor will be accepted during the event and all month long at the studio in West Annapolis (11 Annapolis Street, Suite A).
Also, $10 raffle tickets for two one-on-one Pilates sessions with Kerry De Vivo (valued at $150) will be on sale at the studio until Saturday, September 19, the official Pilates Gives Back Day. The drawing will be held that evening. All money collected for the raffle will also go to METAvivor.
“I am so inspired by Kelly’s positivity and hard work,” said De Vivo. “She is a very driven client and does a workout that would wear out the average athlete. Her medical history does not interfere with her progression in Pilates. If you observed her sessions at the studio, you’d be in awe. We are, every time we teach her.”