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Second Annual Pilates has Heart Press Release

Hilary Opheim



Pilates has Heart Second Annual Mat Class to raise funds in honor Terri Dome
Texas Heart Institute partners with WAP to raise awareness

Anyone who knew Terri Dome left with a better heart. It’s ironic that her heart was too weak to support her greatness. Terri was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 13-years-old. After a year and a half of chemotherapy and radiation, her cancer went into remission. At 28 years old she started fainting and it was discovered that the chemo and radiation had damaged her heart and lungs. After years of pacemakers, Terri underwent a heart transplant on February 14, 2009 and as soon as her doctors gave her the thumbs up to work out, she found her way to WAPilates.

Kim and Hilary tailored a plan for her condition. Terri said “A big concern about “working out” was a result of my being in recovery from a heart transplant.  After finally getting to a point of positive future health, I was somewhat afraid that I would be limited in my ability to do anything that may be the least bit strenuous. But, with the encouragement of my doctor and the help of Kim and Hilary, I am happy to see that I can do so much.”

Terri remained a fixture in the studio. She had “her” chair and when her health allowed she would sprinkle client’s workouts with her contagious laugh and commentary. And inevitably, clients left with more than a healthier physical body. They left with a more whole heart.

On July 1, 2014 we lost Terri. To honor her, we decided to combine her love of Pilates and WAP and start Pilates has Heart. Our first annual event was held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016. Those who knew and loved Terri came together for a mat class and in a true grass roots way raised over $3,000 for the Texas Heart Institute.

On Saturday, February 12, 2017 Pilates has Heart will hold its second annual mat class at Silver Street Studios. This year, the goal is to reach $15,000 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Texas Heart Institute in honor of Terri Dome.
“Terri’s beautiful heart and mind continues to inspire our research and education and we are deeply honored to be a part of this event celebrating her unwaivering courage and dedication to helping others.” —Keri Sprung, Texas Heart Institute”

Learn more about the event, please visit our website WAP's Cause