Iconic Philly landmark transforms into yoga studio to help search for a cure

Justin Udo
May 19, 2019 - 4:23 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The famous ‘Rocky' steps, played host to a number of other fighters celebrating victories and remembering losses as well.

More than 1,000 people gathered on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sunday for Living Beyond Breast Cancer's Reach and Rise Yoga.

For Lisa Schwarz from Moorestown, New Jersey the day was a chance for her and her family to celebrate her journey.

“I'm disease free, but I have metastatic and you are never cured,” she said. “I'm on lifelong immunotherapy, every three weeks, but I'm a survivor.”

She says yoga has played a big part in her recovery, so being able to take part in this event is a therapeutic.

“I'm a long term yoga practitioner for about 21 years, and I didn't stop through chemo or through anything,” she said. “What it does is it centers me, and it takes me out of my own head.”

Schwarz adds being around other survivors, doing something she loves gives her hope.

“My story is that you can survive stay positive, pray, just look forward, don't look back,” she said.

Officials say, since 2002, Reach and Rise yoga has raised more than $3 million to help people affected by breast cancer.