Local Y is finalist for LIVESTRONG grant

The Warren County YMCA has been selected as a finalist in the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project. The project allows the public to vote for the Y to receive funding.

“We are thrilled and honored to participate in the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project, ” said Thad Turner of he Warren Y. “We share their passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families. Our Y will use this funding to provide a supportive environment for our neighbors, friends and families who are living with the effects of cancer.”LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

Although the Y has already been selected to receive funding, voting online at vote.livestrong.org/ from March 12 through March 28 will help show community support and the opportunity to secure additional funding.

The goal of the program is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, and increasing energy levels and self-esteem.

A final goal is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.

Training for staff members in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, and supportive cancer care will begin in April, and the program itself in May.

Chris Dolan, YMCA Health and Wellness Director was the driving force in applying for the program, and the grant was written and submitted by Kim Slocum, Marketing and Grant Coordinator.

There are only three other LIVESTRONG YMCAs in Pennsylvania, two in York County and one in Indian Valley.