Adult cancer patients gain confidence, camaraderie and strength in 12-week program

Offered in Indianapolis since 2008, this program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and uses basic physical activity to ease cancer patients back into exercise and helps them maintain a healthy weight in a safe, supportive environment. Working in a small group, survivors increase muscle mass, strength, flexibility and endurance, while also improving their confidence and self-esteem.

WHO: Adult cancer survivors of all ages

WHAT: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week class series

COST: FREE

REGISTER: Call (317) 269-6004 or email changemylife@indymca.org.

WHY: To help cancer survivors gain confidence, camaraderie, fitness and strength.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA will begin again soon at these locations:

LocationDaysTimesStart Date
Hendricks Regional Health YMCATuesday/Thursday6 – 7:30 p.m.April 2
Ransburg YMCATuesday/Thursday6 – 7:30 p.m.April 9
Fishers YMCAWednesday/Friday1 – 2:30 p.m.April 10
Benjamin Harrison YMCAWednesday/Fridaynoon – 1:30 p.m.April 17
Baxter YMCAMonday/Wednesday9:30 – 11 a.m.April 22
Baxter YMCAMonday/Wednesday6 – 7:30 p.m.April 22
Jordan YMCATuesday/Thursday10:30 a.m. – noonApril 23
The Little Red Door Cancer AgencyTuesday/Thursday6 – 7:30 p.m.April 29
Jordan YMCAMonday/Wednesday4:30 – 6 p.m.May 20

Survivors rave about the program

  • Sherry
    Sherry
    Sherry

    – “LiveSTRONG is the best thing that happened to me. I feel like a whole new person. It’s such a wonderful program, and you create friendships that last after the class is done.”

  • Sarah Buchwald – “I can’t believe people aren’t lined up outside the door
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    Sarah Buchwald

    to get in. LIVESTRONG is a gift. It helps you to be spiritually sound, and that’s what you need for recovery.”

  • Michelle Calhoun – Michelle was amazed by the improvements she’d made from the pre-assessment to the end of the program. “I realized the process of cancer treatment took a toll on my body.”

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is one of five Chronic Disease Prevention Programs offered by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis year-round. The other programs help people tackle diabetes, arthritis, fall prevention and blood-pressure monitoring.