Maple Tree University
GROWING A TRAINED, CERTIFIED WORKFORCE IN EXERCISE ONCOLOGY
MISSION AND VISION OF MAPLE TREE
Maple Tree Cancer Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving the quality of lives of individuals who battle cancer through individualized exercise training, nutritional education, and emotional support.
Our vision is that exercise would serve as part of the standard of care in cancer recovery. The role of exercise in relieving cancer treatment-related side effects is strongly supported in the literature. More than two decades of research indicates that the combination of aerobic exercise and strength training improves the quality of life and overall physical fitness for cancer survivors. However, at present, less than 5% of patients exercise during cancer recovery. As such, we have developed strategic partnerships with hospitals, community centers, and universities around the world to promote exercise during cancer care.
Karen Wonders, Ph.D., FACSM is the Founder and Executive Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, a national non-profit organization that provides free individualized exercise training to individuals who battle cancer. Her passion is to advocate for exercise to serve as part of the national standard of care for cancer. To this end, Dr. Wonders is committed to training a work force that is equipped to meet the unique needs of the 17 million cancer survivors living in the US through exercise.
In addition to her work at Maple Tree, Dr. Wonders works as a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Wright State University, where she also serves as the Program Director for the Sports Science Program. Her commitment to evidence-based practice has led her to develop a robust research program, with more than 70 peer-reviewed publications on the topic of exercise and cancer recovery. A gifted communicator, Dr. Wonders has given numerous professional presentations on the national, state, and local levels, including a TEDx talk entitled “Exercising through Cancer Care”.
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