Mountainside Fitness fights with one of their own against Leukemia

When one of their cycling instructors was diagnosed with leukemia, locally owned and operated Mountainside Fitness immediately wanted to help.

Mountainside Fitness, Natalie. (submitted photo)

Mountainside Fitness, Natalie. (submitted photo)

That is why Arizona’s Friendliest Gym began selling Mountainside Fitness Cycle t-shirts and tanks before every cycling class at its Indian Bend, Shea, Ice Den, and Desert Ridge locations.

The shirts and tanks are both sporty and fashionable and are $25 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales being donated directly to Natalie and her family to assist with the cost of her treatment and recovery, according to a press release.

“Our core belief is that we at Mountainside are all members of one big family,” said CEO Tom Hatten in the release. “Natalie is such a bright and important part of our family and when we heard about her diagnosis there was no question we would find a way to help out. Special thanks goes out to Craig Cote MSF President for taking the lead on this. He made this happen!”

Leukemia is an umbrella term that covers a variety of different type of cancer that usually originate in the bone marrow and affect the blood. With around 200,000 people diagnosed with some form in the U.S., it makes up 3 percent of American cancer diagnoses and there are a variety of medical treatment options available.

Despite missing Natalie, cycling classes at her locations are still being scheduled and attendance is at a record high as people come to support her fight and show their solidarity.

“I am so humbled by all of the support that I have received from Mountainside Fitness, my fellow instructors, and Mountainside members,” said Natalie in the release.  “I feel so proud to work for such an amazing company! To all those that cycled yesterday and for all those that will ride in the coming Saturdays, I want to say ‘Thank You’ from the bottom of my heart! The journey ahead will be challenging, but I am stronger than cancer. Peace and love to all!”

Scottsdale locations are: 11611 E. Saguaro Drive; and 8929 E. Talking Stick Way.

For more information about memberships, class times, or additional services that Mountainside offers, please visit Mountainside’s Website at

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