Jill's Hope

Jill's Hope Foundation provides help and inspires hope to those affected by breast cancer. Rise and Shine is proud to provide a FREE mat Pilates class for those currently undergoing cancer treatment or one year post-treatment and their caregivers.  


Benefits of Pilates for Breast Cancer:

  • A study by Harvard Medical School researchers found breast cancer patients who exercise moderately — 3-5 hours a week — reduce their odds of dying from breast cancer by about half as compared to sedentary women.
  • The exercises can be modified for any level or to any part of your treatment program
  • Supports natural movement in your affected arms and increases range of motion
  • Stimulates lymph circulation and drainage
  • Requires focus, so helps you live in the moment
  • Increases muscle strength, especially for the shoulders and mid back
  • Increases tone of pelvic floor, supporting the bladder
  • Takes the focus off the damaged areas of your body and what you can’t do and helps you focus on what you can do!
  • Improves body image
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Promotes connection with others who are on similar journeys
  • Elevates mood and decreases depression

This class is taught by Melanie Riley, Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor. Eligible clients include women currently undergoing breast cancer treatment or 1 year post AND their caregivers (sister, mom, spouse, best friend etc.).

About JilL

Jill was diagnosed with two different types of breast cancer in June of 2014.

She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and reconstruction. Her treatment was finished in August of 2015- or so she thought. Three weeks after getting her port removed she noticed a lump in her left chest wall, and it was confirmed on her 44th birthday that her cancer had returned. She passed away late in the summer of 2017.

Jill was a pillar of strength. She stood tall and when things crumbled around her, she dusted herself off and moved on.  

Jill was awareness. She could tell what people are thinking and feeling without any words. 

Jill was kindness. Her heart was deeply touched by others. Her soul compelled her to reach out and perform an act of kindness to help another in need. Her capacity for kindness was unlimited, even when she was weak and tired.  Her kindness always prevailed; she couldn’t stop it. She always said, “If I know I can help them feel better- I’m GONNA do it!!!”

Jill was gratitude. She never missed an opportunity to say “Thank you” for a kind act or the presence of another who brought her comfort. Every act of kindness was noted and appreciated. 

She woke up and thanked God for the day. Her gratitude was genuine and beautiful.

Jill was honesty. She told you exactly what you needed to hear, even if you didn't want to hear it. She spoke the truth in love, so it could be used for good.

Jill was generosity. She gave generous gifts to many. She found things to give you that you didn’t even know you needed, but will always cherish.

Jill was faith. She trusted in God to provide for every need. She was not afraid.

Jill was loyalty. She held tight to friendships formed throughout the years. She recognized the role that each person had in her life and appreciated the wonderful gifts of each individual and how they shaped her.

Jill was a thief. She borrowed the shoes off your feet, the glasses off your head, the drink in your cup or the food off your plate with no apologies. But you didn't even mind. We gave her everything.

Jill was an open door. An office for those who were suffering to share their stories and receive a hug. A home to welcome any child through the door as her own, giving them all that was hers.

Jill was stubborn. Not settling for excuses or short cuts. She stood up for change to make the world a better place.

Jill was a sister, not only to her beloved baby brother, but to every girlfriend through the years. She knew their secrets, shared their history, spoke their language and loved them unconditionally.

Jill was joy. She had the most beautiful laugh you could ever hear. The contagious joy that rippled through our ears and made us smile a soul-deep smile. Joy beyond measure.  Living her motto, “I refuse to let cancer steal my joy.”

Jill was a mother. She looked after her three beautiful children and worried if she loved them too much. She saw the gifts each one possess and loved them each individually. She believed in them, pushed them to become their best, set the example of strength and love and didn't relent when she wanted to teach a lesson.  They were her greatest treasures. The jewels of her heart. They were her life. Her greatest wish is for them to walk with God.

Jill was God’s light. Shining before others so that they may see her good works and give glory to the Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

She was the ultimate example of the Bible’s virtuous Woman.

“She is clothed in strength and dignity. She laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

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