Helping Cancer Survivors Reclaim Their Health

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is an evidence‐based community located program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well‐being following a cancer diagnosis. Currently in 534 communities in the U.S., LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has served more than 40,958 survivors since 2007 and trained more than 3,062 YMCA staff members. LIVESTRONG and the YMCA of the USA are aiming to serve at least 59,042 more survivors over the next five years, for a total of 100,000 since the program’s creation.

How does the program work?
This free 12‐week small-group program, meets twice per week for 90 minutes each day and aids survivors in improving their strength and physical fitness, diminishing the severity of therapy side effects and developing supportive relationships. You'll focus on:

  • building muscle mass and strength
  • increasing flexibility and endurance
  • improving confidence and self esteem

Plus, learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after after the program has ended.

Just as important, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA encourages a warm spirit of community-safe, comfortable place for you to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.

Taking it at Your Own Pace
No one experiences cancer in the same way. Participants come to the program with different physical challenges and lifestyle goals. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA provides you with individualized attention and an approach to recovery that targets the areas you need to rebuild. There’s no competition here—physical activities are tailored to match only what you’re able to accomplish.

Expert Caring Staff
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 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.

Our team is committed to:

  • Providing an assessment appointment that is individualized to assess several components of health, determine goals, and ensure safety of participation.
  • Provide on-going support during the course of the program to help you reach your goals.
  • Provide access to our facility for you and your caregivers during the duration of the program.
  • Promote accessibility of on-going Y resources to help you reach your wellness goals.

Who can participate?
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is for adults 18 and over who have received a cancer diagnosis. There is no requirement to be a YMCA member.

We ask that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants commit to:

  • Consulting with your Physician to determine if the program is a good fit for you.
  • Attend 19 of the 24 sessions over 12 weeks.
  • Increase physical activity to 150 minutes each week (to the exent you are able).
  • Partner with other participants in your session to encourage the group along their journey.

How to get started
If you are interested in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, please email us at livestrong@ymcashr.org or call (757) 351-6007 and we'll contact you to schedule an individualized assessment appointment.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 19 years, LIVESTRONG has been a voice for cancer survivors and has directly served more than 3.5 million people. A pioneer in the field of survivorship, LIVESTRONG remains a world leader in providing direct services to cancer patients and survivors, advocating for policies that enhance survivors’ quality of life and developing partnerships that create access to cancer programs across the country. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program has made a return to fitness and well‐being possible for more than 38,000 survivors in more than 500 YMCA locations. Working with The University of Texas’ Dell Medical School, LIVESTRONG is building the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes to reinvent and redesign cancer care for and with people affected by cancer.

Your support makes the difference


LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is offered at no cost to participants, thanks to the generosity of donations made to the Y's annual giving campaign.

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