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Nearly 14 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. The Y is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by this disease. Fortunately, people today are living longer, with a cancer diagnosis due to education, early detection, and improved treatment.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a 12-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors who are post-treatment up to five years. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life, or their “new normal.”

The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to help emphasize that LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is about health, not disease. In addition to the physical benefits, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. The weekly 90-minute sessions take place in a small group setting and are adjusted to the individual’s ability level. 

The program is of no cost to participants and also includes a free Y membership for the session’s duration. Our community partners include Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical, Iredell Health System, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, Piedmont Hematology and Oncology, and Cancer Services.
 

Making an Impact

“I sincerely appreciate the Y taking steps to provide a LIVESTRONG® program to cancer survivors. I came away from the meeting very impressed with the questions asked, as well as that you also invited healthcare professionals for their input. It showed that the Y is genuinely looking out for the needs and well-being of cancer survivors. Thank you and God bless.”

– LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Focus Group Participant and local cancer survivor
 

How to Sign Up

  • Ask your physician to complete the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA referral form. Consult your oncologist or a hospital oncology representative before joining the program.
  • Enroll in the program by phone, email, or by visiting the Y.
  • Commit to attending 80% of the classes
  • Give permission for a YMCA representative to contact your physician or health care provider, if necessary.

Program Goals

  • Improve energy levels and self esteem
  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve ability to perform everyday tasks
  • Develop a fitness plan to continue practicing a healthy lifestyle once the session ends.

Forms/Resources

Program Instructors

YMCA instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care.

Program Location Information

Several YMCA branches now offer — or will soon offer — LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA programs at various session times. Remember, your physician will need to complete a referral form before you can begin. We request advance registration for each session.

  • Begins: March 22, 2022
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 4:00-5:30 pm 
  • Begins: April 11, 2022
  • Days: Monday and Thursday
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Child Care available
  • Begins: TBD
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Child Care available
  • Begins: March 1, 2022
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Begins: April 5, 2022
  • Days: Monday and Wednesday
  • Time: 1:30-3:00 pm 
  • Begins: March 15, 2022
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Begins: September 20, 2022
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

*Sponsored by Iredell Health System
 

  • Begins: April 18, 2022
  • Days: Monday and Wednesday
  • Time: 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Begins: August 16, 2022
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 1:30-3:00 pm 
  • Begins: September 6, 2022
  • Days: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Time: 9:30-11:00am
  • Child Care available
  • Begins: TBD
  • Days: TBD
  • Time: TBD

Begins: August 1, 2022
Days: Tuesday and Friday
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm