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Madison Area YMCA’s 13th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation

Dec 14, 2017

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For Immediate Release

Madison Area YMCA’s 13th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation

(Madison, NJ) December 14, 2017- The 13th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class has graduated. The LIVESTRONG® program brings those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery.

Celebrating are graduates and their coaches. Back row (L-R):LIVESTRONG® Coach Patti Matthaei of Madison; Nina Herslow of Morristown; Madison Area YMCA Associate Health and Fitness Director Jennifer Casanova of New Providence; LIVESTRONG® Assistant Coach Erin Long of Morristown; Michele Mac Donald of Boonton; Bill Verderber of Lake Parsippany; Jan Winquist of Whippany; Pam Connolly of Whippany; LIVESTRONG® Assistant Coach Katie Worden of Chatham; Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Healthy Living Joe Gonsalves. Front row (L-R): Marcia Casais of Chatham; Carole Howell of Morris Plains; Madison Area YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator and LIVESTRONG® coach Chelsea Sacher; Moira McEnroe of Morristown; Cindy Manz of Morristown; Patty Walters of East Hanover.

LIVESTRONG 13th  Graduation

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA supports cancer survivors through its no-fee program that provides opportunities to engage in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Survivors are encouraged to come as they are, no matter what stage of wellness they are in.

The 12-week research-based program brings together cancer survivors and YMCA staff trained in cancer care to achieve goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; improving confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately practicing a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery but as a way of life. 

In existence since 2013, the program receives support through donations from charity events such as the Y’s bocce tournament and Y spinathons.

The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age.