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Cancer stricken man fights to cancel membership

Posted at 11:05 PM, Apr 01, 2016
Michelle Bitar's husband, Sam, has been battling stage four sarcoma cancer for years. 
 
"Life's changed a lot for us, you basically just live in the doctors' appointments or hospitals," said Bitar of her husband's current routine. "It's 24 hours a day of the most challenging times you've ever been through in your life."  
 
Sam Bitar's health has continued to go down hill, but was once a self described gym rat, six pack and all. Most days you could find him pumping iron at Calta Fitness on Florida Avenue. 
 
"Of course they make it like a big family you know. They are your best friend, and we definitely didn't feel like that when it was time to cancel," said Bitar.  
 
Sam Bitar has been a loyal member there, but can't make it anymore and tried to cancel his membership. 
 
"I was supposed to cancel in person but I was unable to make it to the business," said Sam Bitar, who now requires a walker to move about.  
 
After getting the run around for a month, Bitar finally got through to the owner. 
 
"The owner says 'OK, we'll cancel, but it's going to be two months, that's what the contract says,'" said Bitar.  
 
According to a manager at the gym, they are now offering Bitar a refund and a sincere apology for the mix-up. 
 
Bitar and her husband said it was never about the money but the lack of compassion.