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Madison Area YMCA’s 15th LIVESTRONG®at the YMCA Graduation

Jan 11, 2019

For Immediate Release

Madison Area YMCA’s 15th LIVESTRONG®at the YMCA Graduation

(Madison, NJ) January 11, 2019-The 15th LIVESTRONG®at the YMCA class graduated in December. 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 (L-R) Bottom row: Susan Lashley of Randolph; Elle Dalton of Morristown, Jodi Zwain of Madison; Ann Carole Harvey of Madison and Diane Eknoian of Chatham.

Top row: (L-R) Madison Area YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator and LIVESTRONGat the YMCA Coach Chelsea Sacher of Cedar Knolls; Glenn Zinga of Madison; Joe Loria of East Hanover; Tony Ottino of Little Falls; Nancy Vogel of Florham Park; Denise Deming of Whippany, Richard Chin of Chatham and Madison Area YMCA Senior Director Healthy Living and Aquatics Joe Gonsalves of Edison.

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.