How Livestrong at the YMCA Changes Lives

    “In past Mission Moments, I have shared the experiences of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program through the eyes of the cancer-surviving participant. For this Mission Moment, I want to share my personal experience as the coordinator and instructor of the program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a 12-week, health and well-being program for cancer survivors which our YMCA offers at no charge. The program meets twice a week, and participants and their families are provided free memberships for all 12-weeks and are encouraged to visit the Y as often as possible. Our Y provides this program without a fee thanks to the contributions made to the Y’s annual fund. 
    I’ll be the first to admit that I was very hesitant when I was asked to run this program at our Y. One of the reasons I chose to work at a Y rather than in a hospital or a rehab center is because I didn’t feel as though I was capable of working with sick people…”
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