PREP Success Stories



“Ron is proof that perseverance and a positive attitude not only improve your personal chance of success, but also encourage those around you to do the same.”

Brittany Raup
Former PREP Coordinator
Certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM)
Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (ACSM/ACS)

Ron's Story

After three life-threatening illnesses, a Millville man enjoys life while helping others.

A heart attack, a cancer diagnosis, an irregular heartbeat, three surgeries (two cancer-related, one for a pacemaker), chemotherapy and radiation treatments might get the best of some people, but not 65-year-old Ron McDonald. Look at him today and you would never know that the trim and fit Millville resident has battled three life-threatening medical conditions in less than two year's time.

Undoubtedly, a number of factors played a part in each of Ron’s recoveries. The most obvious being his spiritual faith, the love and support from family and friends, and his unwavering commitment to strengthen his body after and between his medical crises. Cardiac rehabilitation, followed by two months in a physician referred exercise program and then regular visits to the gym have paid great dividends for Ron.

“They taught me to rein things in,” said Ron while describing his cardiac rehabilitation experience at Inspira Health Network. “There was a lot of training and teaching during rehab; at the end I felt good…much better.”

Ron credits the Inspira PREP (Physician Referred Exercise Program) with helping him rebuild his foundation. While working out in the PREP area of the Fitness Connection, he felt he could always rely on the staff. Even after graduating from the PREP, he and other PREP graduates found that they often made their way back to the PREP area during their visits to the gym.

Today, Ron regularly visits the Fitness Connection to support his healthy lifestyle, and to offer his support and encouragement to others who are just returning to good health and a renewed sense of well-being.

* Please note: There is no guarantee of specific results, and results can vary

Lynette's Story

Hi, my name is Lynette and I would like to share my story of my journey of feeling better and losing weight. The benefits are so numerous that I do not know where to begin.

I was gaining weight and becoming less active day after day. I was having an extremely difficult time walking and I had such bad knee and lower back pain to the extent that I  needed a handicap parking permit. I had to use an electric cart to get around the grocery store or I had to wait in the car. My family physician suggested the PREP Program numerous times and I kept rejecting it. Finally, in November of 2015 my doctor was very emphatic about the program for me and my husband. We both agreed to give it a try. 

We kept our appointment for the initial evaluation and I left there thinking “I can’t do this” and I did not go the next day. On November 17th, Joel got up and said “let’s get ready to go to the gym.” We did and we have never regretted that decision since. We changed our diet that day and began to eat healthy.

I am now walking the track, using machines that I never thought possible, shopping without the electric cart, and I am ready to turn in my handicap parking permit. I have lost 41 pounds and I can do things like putting my socks on and tying my shoes. We are flying to Missouri in a few weeks and my goal is to be able to walk in the airport and not have to depend on a wheelchair.  I would like to thank our trainers, Brian, Brittany, and Nicolette for all their help and encouragement that they have given us. The staff is outstanding and always there for you. I also thank Dr. Ballas and my beloved Joel for getting me this far and cheering me every step of the way. 

I am 73 years old; you are never too old to start the journey to better health. 

Forever grateful,

Lynette, Millville

* Please note: There is no guarantee of specific results, and results can vary
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