LIVESTRONG® Awareness Week

LIVESTRONG® Day, May 15, is an annual opportunity to unify our voices and amplify the importance of serving cancer patients. Rather than focus on a single day, the YMCA of Snohomish County has designated the week of May 11-15 as LIVESTRONG Week (May 18-22 at the Mukilteo YMCA due to facility shutdown) to bring awareness to the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program.

During the week, YMCA staff and members are encouraged to write who they “LIVESTRONG” for that has been affected by cancer (in memory, support, or in honor of). The LIVESTRONG cards will be displayed throughout each YMCA branch.

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a 12-week program, free to anyone age 18 and over who is a cancer survivor, or currently undergoing treatment. Participants meet twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease participants back into fitness and help them maintain a healthy weight. Plus, they learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques, and how to continue healthful habits after the program ends.

Did you know?

  • Exercise has been shown to be well tolerated and safe among patients with cancer
  • For cancer survivors who exercise during and after treatment, physical activity can help to reduce treatment-related symptoms
  • In cancer survivors, exercise has been shown to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, body composition, fatigue, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, happiness and other components of quality of life (i.e. physical, functional and emotional)
  • Thanks to advances in detection and treatment, 13 million American survivors are alive today, and  by 2024, it is estimated  that this number will increase to about 19 million
  • Approximately 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are predicted to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime

My Y Story: Mike

Strength and support through cancer and beyond

Mike Nale was diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer of his vocal cords in 2013 and underwent intensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments for four months. Knowing treatment would take a huge toll on his body, Mike joined the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. Due to his medical bills, Mike knew he couldn’t afford to pay for a program and was relieved to find that the Y program is free to cancer survivors.

Through the program Mike found a supportive, nurturing, and comfortable environment. Bonding with other cancer survivors, he found a safe place to discuss his cancer journey with people who truly understood what he was going through.

“I felt the mental healing happening right along with the physical healing,” said Mike.

Since completing the program and his treatment, Mike is now a supporter and advocate of the program, giving to the Y every year to “pass it on.”

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How to get involved:

  • Visit your local branch and share your story about who you "LIVESTRONG" for
  • Donate to the LIVESTRONG Program at your local branch, or by donating online
  • Spread the word about this valuable program to your friends and family on social media using #ILIVESTRONGFOR

Want to learn more about the program?

Contact Lynnette Monpas 360 453 2190