Cancer Survivor Programs at the Y
Parent's Night Out
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
This 12-week exercise and group support program focuses on improving the survivor’s strength, fitness, and quality of life. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families. It provides a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

Laurie’s Hope
Laurie’s Hope, a program supported by the Saint Agatha Foundation, helps breast cancer survivors thrive by maintaining physical fitness and strength; improving their diets; and helping them make connections with other breast cancer survivors. With a strong emphasis on improved social support, interventions are individually designed to strengthen survivors’ support networks, both inside and outside of the YMCA.

The Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness
The Kaye Center for Cancer Wellness, located in our new Northwest Family YMCA, is designed to meet the specific needs of men and women battling cancer by offering them a comfortable environment to socialize, exercise, and recharge. It includes a reading area, a small waterfall, a gathering space, a small exercise area, a balcony and a meditation room. One of the first such spaces of its kind, it is becoming a model among YMCAs nationally.

Prime Time Plus
We offer our child care support service to participants in our cancer survivor programs who need childcare to attend appointments or treatment. Participants can bring their children to the Northwest, North Area and East Area YMCA to enjoy activities free of charge. Registration is required.

Cancer and Exercise

A growing body of research, including studies by the National Cancer Institute, confirms that exercise offers tremendous benefits to cancer patients. Physical activity may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and increase survivorship.

Exercise can help cancer survivors:

· Reduce fatigue

· Improve muscle strength

· Improve energy levels

· Improve balance

· Increase flexibility and endurance

· Enhance confidence and self-esteem

· Improve mood and overall well-being