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YMCA Is Recruiting Participants for Livestrong Program

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The West Hartford YMCA wants to be partners in healing the ‘whole person’ and is recruiting participants for the Livestrong program for cancer survivors beginning March 9.

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Submitted by Robin Messerli, Community Engagement Coordinator, West Hartford/Tri Town YMCA

The West Hartford YMCA is proud to offer the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program to help cancer survivors feel alive again! This 12-week program is designed to help survivors overcome the effects of fatigue and deconditioning from treatment and the disease. The program is for adult survivors from the point of diagnosis through the balance of life and includes a family membership during the 12-week program.

Prior to beginning the program, all participants will meet with a specialist to properly review each survivor’s medical needs and cancer history to create a personal and appropriate wellness plan. Participants do not need to be YMCA members – so please share this with anyone who might be interested. Without your support, this program would not be possible.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

The West Hartford YMCA is currently in the midst of their 2015 Annual Campaign, having raised $39,000 of a goal of $85,000. Without the support of the community the Y would not be able to offer programs like these. Please consider donating today.

To sign up for the Y’s LIVESTRONG program starting March 9th, or to learn more about how you can support the Y’s cause, please contact Shawn Fongemie, Executive Director at 860-521-5830, email [email protected], or visit westhartfordYMCA.org for more information.

West Hartford YMCA is located at 12 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading non-profits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.  www.ghymca.org

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