At the Y, we believe in freely offering the gift of hope to the people in our community who are experiencing or have experienced cancer. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA allows cancer survivors the opportunity to come to the Y to heal. We provide people facing cancer rehabilitation the opportunity to regain strength and confidence through a safe and encouraging environment. Cancer knows no boundaries, but we believe in the strength of community and that every survivor deserves unconditional support and a chance to become stronger physically, spiritually and mentally.
WHAT IS THE LIVESTRONG®AT THE YMCA PROGRAM?
The YMCA partnered with LIVESTRONG® to provide a safe, supportive environment for cancer survivors to continue their healing and achieve their whole-person health goals. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free, 12-week program that meets twice per week for 90 minutes and focuses on physical exercise and social activities in a safe, supportive environment for strengthening your whole sense of self. By participating in the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, you can experience:
- Increased energy and ability to do everyday tasks
- Improved muscle mass and strength, flexibility, balance and endurance
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Connection with and support from other cancer survivors and experienced, supportive coaches at the Y
Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. And cancer survivors themselves are increasingly aware of the positive impact that moderate physical activity, supportive relationships and stress reduction techniques can have on their quality of life. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA has helped thousands of cancer survivors move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
Just as important, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community – a safe, comfortable place for you to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.
DESCRIPTION AND GOALS
- Small group, supportive environment
- 12-week program with two 90-minute sessions per week
- Includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises
- Held in YMCA Wellness Center and Functional Training Room
- Evaluation includes Functional and Quality of Life assessments before and after participation
- Facilitated by YMCA-certified Instructors
- Includes a free Family Membership
Participants in the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program are cancer survivors who are over the age of 18 and:
- Are in or out of active cancer treatment,
- Have a strong personal desire to improve their physical health and participation in daily activities,
- Can commit to participation in the 12-weeks of classes, and
- Obtain and submit a Medical Clearance for Participation form.
We understand that some cancer treatment is ongoing, and individuals who feel strong enough to participate during ongoing treatment are welcome to join with medical clearance.
EXPERT, CARING COACHES
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA staff have been specially trained to work with cancer survivors and patients and follow American College of Sports Medicine and American Cancer Society exercise guidelines. They’re exercise experts who can understand your unique physical needs and concerns and help you address them safely. They’re also relationship builders with the empathy and ability to connect with and develop relationships with and among cancer survivors and their families.
“The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program is unlike any other exercise program because it is strictly for individuals who have battled, or may still be battling, various types of cancer. It allows people to speak about their trials and pain on a level that the rest of the group can actually identify with. Everyone is encouraged to try all of the exercise experiences, with the understanding that you are able to work at your own level – NO PRESSURE. You will also create friendships and meet some wonderful people – at least that is how it was for me! DO IT – YOU’LL LOVE IT!” – Suzanne, Graduate of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program
“What LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA did for me was help me to realize I could push myself way beyond limits I thought possible. It made me feel better about myself, knowing what I had accomplished with the instructors help. I met new friends, ones that completely understand the struggles I have been through despite what type of cancer and degree. We have all had to sit through the appointment when they tell you that you have cancer. You think your life is over and you have to pull yourself up by your boot straps and fight. You’re not alone, the other program participants have been there too. They understand. It made me want to continue with whatever part of the program I am able to do at home and continue coming to the YMCA . I realized you can come in and workout at whatever capacity you can and no one is judging you. The Y encourages everyone to just do what they can and they are there to help. Other people working out will answer questions and help you. It’s a great encouraging atmosphere to help you become a better, healthier, and stronger person. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is such a blessing. Thank you for helping me become a strong, more positive me . Thank you Waynesboro Area YMCA for being a place of encouragement and support. I couldn’t have done it without all of you.” – Denise, Graduate of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program
“LIVESTRONG® is the perfect name for all cancer survivors. The class is a group of cancer survivors that have been physically and emotionally exhausted dealing with chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries, and medications that are life threatening. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA incorporates mobility, balance, flexibility, strength, and so much more. It also allows all participants to feel comfortable dealing with their emotions and hardships. All cancer survivors have faced many of the same problems. The class helps us to move on and bring exercise back in to our lives. I have to say that our truly remarkable coach, Jen Doub, gave us so much encouragement and understanding. That is the reason for our success!”- Donna, Graduate of the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program
READY TO GET STARTED?
If you would like to be a part of our cancer survivor program, additional information and paperwork is available at the front desk. An intake interview will be scheduled prior to starting the program.
We understand you may have questions or concerns. Please call or email, and we will be happy to speak to you about the program.
To learn more contact Senior Program Director Sarah Santangelo at email@example.com
ADDITIONAL LIVESTRONG® RESOURCES
If you would like additional resources or immediate support check out the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
We are accepting applications for the upcoming cohort!
Our fall cohort will run September 8 – November 29, days and times to be determined.
To apply, please pick up an application packet from Member Services, or print out the following documents at home. After completing the packet, return it to Member Services, and we will contact you to schedule an intake interview.