Megan Redzia and her family rallied around her mother as she underwent breast cancer treatment. In spite of all the support her mother received, Redzia said she thinks her mother still experienced some loneliness through the process because none of us could fully understand how she was feeling,” Redzia said.

As a new member of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges Board of Directors, Redzia said she is a strong proponent of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a program that helps cancer survivors regain strength, stamina and emotional wellbeing.

“This unique program surrounds cancer survivors with other people who understand what they’re going through,” she said. “LIVESTRONG helps them get stronger physically and mentally.” The free 12-week program includes education about nutrition and instruction in relaxation techniques, as well as workouts tailored to each participant’s ability.

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Redzia was introduced to the Metro YMCA by Director Kenneth Bagner, whom she met through the networking group Connect 4 Business Exchange (C4BX). “I’m excited and honored to become a part of this incredible organization,” she said. An executive vice president and partner at 3E Public Relations, Redzia intends to use her expertise to help raise the visibility of the Metro YMCA and its seven branches. “The YMCA does so much for the community and has such a wide breadth of programs that I don’t think people realize all that is does,” she said.

“One of the Metro YMCA’s major challenges has been overcoming the notion that the Y is simply a place for ‘swim and gym,’ when in fact, our branches offer extensive initiatives that address societal issues, such as affordable child care, cancer survival, obesity, and isolation experienced by older people,” Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said. “We are fortunate Megan is willing to share her professional expertise and personal passion to help the Metro Y get its message out.” 

The Metro YMCA’s focus on healthy living “is a mission I feel really strong about,” she said. Redzia and her husband, Ron, exercise regularly and eat healthy, habits they are teaching their 3-year-old son, James. Redzia hikes, runs and takes spin classes. The 33-year-old grew up in Fair Lawn and took swim lessons at the local YMCA. She and her husband have known each other since middle school and began dating after college. The family lives in Oakland.