Livestrong® at the YMCA

After completing treatments for cancer, Diane was looking for a way to continue her recovery. She decided to join LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, and through the program she regained strength, found support and encouragement and made friends with other cancer survivors. Diane credits LIVESTRONG at the YMCA with saving her life.  This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
 
 
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Ron Jones

North Augusta Family YMCA

"It helped me physically and mentally."

Ron and his cousin joined LIVESTRONG at the YMCA while both recovering from cancer. Ron expected they'd regain physical strength through the program, but he found that they also gained mental strength and determination. Every day Ron’s perseverance in and out of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA brings him one step closer to his goal: returning to work. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

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Rita Avila

YMCA of Northwest Arkansas

"It Helped me Put the Pieces Back Together."

Rita wasn’t going to let cancer get in the way of her dreams of becoming an industrial engineer. While in recovery from her second occurrence of cancer, she juggled an internship, work, school and other demands. However, she still made the time to participate in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Rita was able to regain her strength physically and emotionally in a supportive environment where she found that laughter really is the best medicine. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Aaron Sonego

South Sound YMCA

"We Have Something to Offer Each Other."

A cancer diagnosis can be scary and isolating. While in recovery, Aaron’s doctor recommended that he join LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Through the program, he found support along with other cancer survivors who could share their experiences and understand one another. Together they participated in yoga, tai chi, and strength training exercises and as a result, they have improved their strength and health and formed lasting friendships in the process. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

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Barbara Boetcher

Beaumont Centre Family YMCA

"I’ve found a platform for Support."

Barbara did not let cancer keep her down.  LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helped her gain strength, try new activities like yoga, and find a community of support. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body with no membership required. This is Barbara’s Y. Her camera. Her story.

Learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

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Taking Action, Changing Odds

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a small-group program developed and established in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, assists those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer to strengthen their spirit, mind and body.  Recent research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute confirmed that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants experience improved fitness and quality of life as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.

The program has served more than 30,000 cancer survivors in more than 400 communities across the nation. It is open to adults 18 years or older at low or no cost.

Program Details

  • 12-week program with two 75-90-minute sessions per week
  • Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
  • Evaluation includes fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation
  • Facilitated by YMCA-certified instructors
  • Requires referral and medical clearance from a physician
  • To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, visit the LIVESTRONG site.

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If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor, search below or download a list of participating locations to see if there is a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program in your area.

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