Livestrong at the YMCA helps cancer survivors

Audrey Gembe participates in a Silver Sneakers yoga class with her husband, Sam — a cancer survivor — and other cancer survivors at the YMCA in York. In April, the YMCA of York County received a grant to implement Livestrong at the YMCA, a program that aims to help cancer survivors rebuild strength, endurance and self-esteem. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — PAUL KUEHNEL

First comes cancer, then comes the fight.

When people are diagnosed, many come out in full swing with a treatment plan aimed at killing the disease. The battle sometimes takes years, and sometimes, it is lost.

But for survivors — anyone who has or has had cancer — the fight continues after chemotherapy or radiation. Treatment and cancer’s tenacity can drain the person’s strength and self-esteem.

In April, the YMCA of York County received a grant from Livestrong to implement a program to help local cancer survivors rebuild strength, endurance and confidence. The YMCA in York launched its first group in December and will offer another session in March. The Southern branch kicked off the program Jan. 8.

Cori Strathmeyer, wellness director for the YMCA, said local branches plan to continue the program.

To register call 717-843-7884 ext. 269 or email

Read a York Daily Record/Sunday News story about Livestrong at the YMCA here.

Leigh Zaleski

I'm a health features reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News and healthy living blogger for No Sweat, York. Contact me with story ideas at, 717-771-2101 or @leighzaleski on Twitter.

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