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The Madison Area YMCA Celebrates the 20th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation of the Afternoon Class

August 18, 2021

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Madison Area YMCA 
Marketing & Communications 

For Immediate Release 


The Madison Area YMCA Celebrates
the 20th LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Graduation of the Afternoon Class 




Photo Caption (LtoR): Pictured celebrating the Madison Area YMCA’s LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA 20th graduation are Madison Area YMCA Health & Wellness Director Christian Esola, and Madison Area YMCA’s LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduates Mary Adiela Osorio of Morristown, Alison Hodge of Florham Park, Esther DeSantis of Scotch Plains, Katherine Soto of Dover, Mary Thompson of Parsippany, Joan Matyus of Morris Plains, Jim Malcom of Madison, with Madison Area YMCA Personal Trainer & LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Coach Gabriela Hansen. 


(Madison, NJ) August 18, 2021-Madison Area YMCA’s recent LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class graduated on Monday, August 2, 2021. This amazing group’s graduation marks the  20th LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduation. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program supports cancer survivors and their families through a no-fee, 12-week, research-based program that engages them in physical and social activities to strengthen the whole person. 

Bringing those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery, survivors are encouraged to come as they are, no matter what stage of wellness they are in. The 12-week 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 no-fee program which also offers complimentary Y services to survivors’ family members, receives support from our community through donations and sponsorships. 

To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, please contact Health & Wellness Director Christian Esola by email at or call the Madison Area YMCA at 973-822-YMCA (9622). 

The Madison Area YMCA is a mission-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.