LIVEStRONG: Health program for cancer patients returning to YMCA

Published 9:19 am Thursday, March 10, 2022

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LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is an evidence-based program that helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being after treatment.

The program is free to those 18 or older and is supported by the YMCA’s Annual Impact Fund. Participates can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of therapy side effects, develop supportive relationships and improve their quality of life.

The 12-week program with two 90-minute sessions per week includes: cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises with evaluations to include functional and quality of life assessments by YMCA-certified instructors.

“I am excited to learn that LIVESTRONG is returning to the Davie YMCA,” said former participant, Jodi Patton-Athey. “LIVESTRONG is an empowering series of classes designed for individuals undergoing cancer treatments or those who have endured cancer in the past.

“I was fortunate to meet Joy McCallister and Shelia Stanley, the facilitators of this program in 2014, at the Relay for Life event.  At the time, I was captain of The Crusaders For The Cure team. I encouraged my team members to travel the LIVESTRONG journey with me. We were the second group of survivors to attend the program.  We had hands-on participation which included nutrition, exercise, spiritual growth, and most of all, no judgment.  It was enlightening for all of us. I cherish our friendships, immensely.  LIVESTRONG delivers.  LIVESTRONG is  to live strong,” she said.

The Davie YMCA is receiving applications for the Spring session to start in April. Participates will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m.  Visit the Davie YMCA website ( to download the application and to get your doctor’s referral. Direct questions to Tim Gribble at 336-245-7227.