Beating cancer together

Livestrong, a free 12-week program designed for cancer survivors, began at the Warren County YMCA in September. Local YMCA staff traveled to the National Y for training.

The pilot program attendees are more than half way through their program and have participated in strength training and cardio workouts. They also have enjoyed a variety of classes including yoga, bouncing for fitness, zumba, table tennis and drumming. They will finish their last weeks of the program with crafts, nutritional talks with Warren Chiropractic Care Center and a massage.

The Warren YMCA, with the assistance of the Warren General Hospital Cancer Care Center, has – through the Livestrong program – reached out to the community of Warren to bring together those affected by cancer. Through Livestrong, many resources are made available to cancer survivors locally and through hundreds of contacts made through the Livestrong research and information site.

Livestrong at the Y is not only for those who are at the end of their cancer treatment but also for people who are recently diagnosed. There is no reason to struggle with questions and concerns that take time and energy. Many have traveled that road and have logged the information on treatment, advice, financial assistance and more.

There are camps for children who have experienced the journey of a parent with cancer. There is a database called Immerman Angels that is free for cancer survivors. This site will match a cancer survivor with someone the same age, the same gender and the same cancer to talk to and help understand what they are going through.

The support is there; the technology is there; and the research is there to help cancer survivors with health care choices. Livestrong at YMCA also has pamphlets and journals for survivors to use to track their treatment and more. If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor, register to participate in the Y’s 12 week program and heal with Livestrong at the YMCA.

Call 726-0110 or email livestrong@warrenymca.org.