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

Free LIVESTRONG at the YMCA programs to help cancer survivors, literally, get back on their feet programs, will begin soon at six locations across Central Indiana, including the Ransburg YMCA, thanks to an anonymous $10,000 donation to bring the program to Indy’s east side.


Offered in Indianapolis since 2008, the 12-week 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, all in a safe, supportive environment. Working in a small group together, survivors increase muscle mass, strength, flexibility and endurance, while also improving confidence and self-esteem.

To register, call 317-269-6004 or email

Sept. 11Baxter YMCATuesday/Thursday11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Sept. 11Little Red Door Cancer AgencyTuesday/Thursday6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 26Jordan YMCAWednesday/Friday2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sept. 26Ransburg YMCAWednesday/Friday10:30 a.m. – noon
Oct. 2Hendricks Regional Health YMCATuesday/Thursday11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. &
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3Benjamin Harrison YMCAWednesday/Fridaynoon -1:30 p.m.

Survivors rave about the program

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

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 Hoosiers tackle diabetes, arthritis, fall prevention and blood-pressure monitoring.