Running made a difference for me – and now I’m making a difference for Waypoint
Running made a difference for me – and now I’m making a difference for Waypoint
Posted on 09/21/2016
Have you ever wanted to make a difference, or accomplishChantelle Shervill something that scared you to death just thinking about it? I am about to embark on what feels like one of those life journeys.

In 2012, I tipped the scale at over 200lbs. I didn’t like who I was and needed to make a change. I joined Weight Watchers offered by the Waypoint Wellness Program and began to make healthier choices, but it just wasn’t enough. I needed something more significant to better my life, for my husband, children and myself. The timing was perfect when the wellness program offered a learn-to-run class in May that year with Wyefitness coach Irene Parker. I had never run before but I signed up immediately and ceremoniously proclaimed that I would run a 10k race before I turned 40 in December. The whole thing seemed laughable at the time.

What I didn’t realize was that I would absolutely love what running did for me! I didn’t end up running a 10k that year; instead, I completed my first in a series of half marathons and took the first steps toward being a lifelong runner. I discovered, mostly by accident, that running made me HAPPY. It provided a much needed stress relief and helped build a healthier me, physically and mentally. Running allows me to leave everything on the road behind me. It has done more for my mental wellbeing than any other fitness regime ever has or ever will.

What is even more amazing is that it wouldn’t even have been an option if not for the support and options provided by Waypoint. I could wax poetic about all that running has given me, simply put, I have my life back. Not only has it changed my relationship with my husband Ryan and our girls Emily and Hailey, it has actually changed who I am as a person. I believe in the therapeutic aspects of running, and what it can do to improve mental health.

Because of what Waypoint has given me, I have always wanted to give back. I’m not a clinician and didn’t feel I had a tangible impact on patient care. But I figured out I could combine my love of running and give back to the hospital by competing in the Niagara Falls International Marathon in support of Waypoint. My goal is to raise money for patient recreation programming or much needed equipment that is not covered by government funding. The hope is to challenge myself as a runner and raise money for this hospital because I firmly believe in everything we do here. I believe that our organization supports not only our patients but also our staff. I feel that after being given the gift of a strong Wellness program supporting my colleagues, I want to do something significant to give back to support our patients. I hope this inspires people to MOVE and to GIVE!

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