DALLAS - Thursday's Our Neighbor knows the incredible benefits of daily exercise, especially for cancer patients.

FitSteps for Life is a free clinical exercise program for cancer patients. The program incorporates treadmill walking, lower and upper body strengthening and core muscle training.

I wasn't wanting to be in that wheelchair forever, said Elaine Ellis, who had brain and hip cancer.

She is now in remission, and gives FitSteps for Life all the credit for her rehabilitation.

[It] taught me how to walk again, she said. I was in a wheelchair then a walker then a cane for a very long time, and then this.

She isn't alone in her praise.

When I came here, it made me feel like a new man, said Harry Birrin.

Birrin beat cancer and needed an affordable place to work out. It doesn't cost him anything at FitSteps for Life.

The people are wonderful, he said. They're thoughtful. They're considerate, and they're a great help to the exercises.

There's always a clinical staff member at the center working with the patients.

There are no televisions or music at any of the nine locations in the Dallas area, which is to allow patients to build relationships and educate one another.

Fit Steps for life is open to all cancer patients regardless of the level of disability. The only thing they ask is that your doctor refer you.

FitSteps for Life is always looking for volunteers and donations are appreciated since they are a non-profit organization.

If you'd like more information on how to help out or if you know an extraordinary person WFAA can feature as an Our Neighbor, e-mail Cynthia Izaguirre at

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