The 19th 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 Back row (L-R): Madison Area YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator & LIVESTRONG® Coach Chelsea Sacher of Cedar Knolls; Nina Jones of Morris Plains; Desiree Kaser of Whippany; Patricia Murphy of Morris Plains; Tosia Tole of Denville; Joe Kitchell of Madison; Amy Howard of Morristown; Larry Burlingame of Madison; Pat Sarles of Whippany; Madison Area YMCA Health and Wellness Director Christian Esola of Morristown.

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.

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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.