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Madison Area YMCA Celebrates Seventh Graduation of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

The Madison Area Y's seventh LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class celebrated at the Y's Family Center. Credits: Madison Area YMCA

MADISON, NJ - Celebrating at the Madison Area YMCA’s seventh LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduation are LIVESTRONG graduates and their coaches. BACK ROW: Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Healthy Living Joseph Gonsalves, from Edison; Volunteer/trainer Chelsea Sacher, from Florham Park; Tim Long, from Morristown; Catherine Bogert, from Florham Park; Trainer Judy (Judith) Core, from Florham Park; Anthony Trotter Jr. from Madison; Staff/trainer Susan Sheeley from Kenilworth; Karen Eilenberg from Wayne and Madison Area YMCA Associate Health & Fitness Director Jennifer Casanova, from New Providence; FRONT ROW: Trainer Patty Matthaei, from Madison; Margaret Micchelli from Chatham; Meghan Massarano, from Florham Park; Donna Munther, from Morristown; Terri Gallagher from Madison and Beverly Afonso, from Madison.

The seventh LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class graduated on Thursday, December 10. The occasion also marked the two-year anniversary of the program at the Madison Area YMCA.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA brings those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery. The program 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.

The program, in existence since 2013, receives support through donations from charity events.

The next LIVESTRONG at the YMCA class that starts Monday, January 11, is forming now. To sign up, please contact Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Healthy Living Joseph Gonsalves at 212-822-9622 x2242.

As a cause-driven charitable organization, the Madison Area YMCA believes everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information about financial assistance or to make a donation, please call 973-822-YMCA (9622) or visit us at




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