More than surviving ... LIVING!

LIVESTRONG and the Y Partnership

The LIVESTRONG Foundation: Improves the lives of people living with cancer now through three priorities: cancer support services, community programs, and system change. Their approach is anchored in patient-centered care.

YMCA: With a Y in 10,000 communities, a proven track record for being a committed community member, and effectively facilitating evidence-based programs, this partnership creates a unique opportunity to meet cancer survivors where they are.

The Y and LIVESTRONG joined together in 2007 to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Research conducted by Yale University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute resulted in demonstrating participants experienced significant increases in physical activity, overall quality of life and fitness performance as well as decreases in cancer-related fatigue.

The Program

We understand the tremendous responsibility and importance of supporting cancer survivors - our neighbors, family members and friends - along their journey to healthier well-being, quality of life, and social connections.

  • 12-week program, two 90-minute sessions per week, at no cost to the cancer survivor
  • Y staff trained in group fitness and supportive cancer care
  • Outcomes
    • Building muscle mass and strength
    • Increasing flexibility and endurance
    • Reducing fatigue
    • Improving confidence and self-esteem
    • Peer support

By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, this program is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

For information on upcoming sessions, contact Chris Witruk, 413-499-7650 x111 or