Ys Receive Funding to Implement LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Program

Following a three-week online voting campaign, 16 YMCA associations have been chosen as award recipients of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program through the LIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project. The project is investing more than $700,000 to bring proven cancer support programs to 93 sites across the United States.  

LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, is supporting the Community Impact Project. Fifty–eight Ys nationwide were selected to participate in the project's online voting campaign.

Over a three-week period, more than 340,000 votes were cast and 16 Ys in two regions were named as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA finalists. These finalists were determined by region, awarding funding to each of the Ys within the two regions that earned the most Y program votes. A special thanks to those who participated in the voting. The two winning regions of Ys will each receive a $35,000 grant and training to implement the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

The LIVESTRONGCommunity Impact Project Award Finalists for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA are:

Cohort Representing North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois
Burlington Area Community YMCA-YWCA – Burlington, Iowa
Grand Forks YMCA Family Center – Grand Forks, N.D.
Kishwaukee Family YMCA – Sycamore, Ill.
Scott County Family Y – Davenport, Iowa
Two Rivers YMCA – Moline, Ill.
YMCA of Greater Omaha – Omaha, Neb.
YMCA of Marshalltown Iowa – Marshalltown, Iowa
YMCA of Rock River Valley – Rockford, Ill.

Cohort Representing New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware and Maine
Athol Area YMCA – Athol, Mass.
Greater Hartford YMCA – Hartford,  Conn.
MetroWest YMCA – Framingham, Mass.
Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs – Southington, Mass.
Wallingford Family YMCA – Wallingford, Conn.
YMCA of Attleboro – Attleboro, Mass.
YMCA of Central Massachusetts – Worcester, Mass.
YMCA Southcoast – New Bedford, Mass.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Background:

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. Medical studies have shown that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can reduce fatigue, boost self-esteem and improve muscle strength and physical endurance in individuals following cancer treatment. In 2008, the Y and LIVESTRONG joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive “community” where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

By the end of 2011, this innovative program will expand to more than 100 cities across the nation. Contact your local Y to see if they offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

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