The tenth LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class has graduated. 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: Eugene Loiacono of Denville; John Rahfield of Pine Brook; Gene Miranda of Morristown; Stanislawa Rosnowski of Chatham; Kathleen McCabe of Springfield; Rita Betesh of Budd Lake; Margaret Paradis of Jefferson; Beth Patterson of Morristown; Marie Clay of Livingston; Coach Judy Core of Florham Park; Coach Pattie Matthaei of Madison and Mike Veliky of Boonton.


Front Row L-R: Coach Chelsea Sacher of Florham Park; Kathy Ronca of Succasunna; Evangaline Choi of Netcong; Linda Fitzsimmons of Morristown; Wallace Lee of Chatham; Bernadine Lee of Chatham; James Melone of Madison and Camile Elston of Springfield. Front, center: Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Healthy Living Joseph Gonsalves

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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.


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.