This Fall, cancer survivors can join others to restore their mind, body and spirit through a free 12-week program at the Summit Area YMCA.

Cancer takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected with it. Life after cancer can bring on new and unexpected challenges and can be very difficult. During this trying time, support from friends, family and support groups is essential!

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a program at the Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. Common goals include building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

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The YMCA staff is trained in supportive cancer care, and work with participants in building muscle mass, strength, increasing flexibility, endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem and more. The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program helps survivors become healthier and happier individuals.

This Fall, cancer survivors can sign up for this program at either our Berkeley Heights or Summit Branches.

Date: Sept 11 - Nov 29, 6:00PM
Date: Oct 16 - Jan 8, 10:30AM 
Day: Tues/Thurs 
Member Price: FREE Non Member Price: FREE
Contact Lisa McQuilkin at 908 464 8373 ext 2026 or

Date: Sept 11 - Nov 29 
Time: 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Day: Tues/Thurs 
Member Price: FREE Non Member Price: FREE
Contact Sue Fieseler at 908 738-2159 or

During the 12-week LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participants and their families receive a free Y membership for full access to YMCA facilities, including KidZone childcare services. There are two 75 minute classes each week within a small group setting of 8-10 participants.

“When I was cleared by my doctor, I couldn’t wait to start getting back to my old self with the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. There’s such a variety of types of exercise we are introduced to in order to get stronger—swimming, weights and circuit, nutrition classes. I used to be quite a swimmer, so being able to get back in the water and slowly get better at it again was really exciting.”  -- Karen, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant and YMCA member

The Summit Area YMCA is one of more than 115 YMCAs across the nation to have received funding from the LIVESTRONG® Foundation to deliver LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA to help cancer survivors achieve their holistic health and wellness goals. Since then our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA programs have been funded wholly through the generosity of our donors, sponsors and through grants from foundations. To date, our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCAs have partnered to heal and help more than 100 cancer survivors and their families. To hear some of their stories or learn more about the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program visit

Pre-registration and medical clearance is required for the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. Contact Lisa McQuilkin at 908 464 8373 ext 2026 or for information about LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA at the Berkeley Heights YMCA. For the Summit YMCA contact Sue Fieseler at 908 738-2159 or sue.


About the Summit Area YMCA 
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at