SIDNEY — The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA wants to add to its offerings a nationally-known exercise program for people who are fighting or have survived cancer. Match Day gifts will be put toward the local launch of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week program designed to meet the needs of adults with cancer before, during and after treatment.
“At the Y, we believe in freely offering the gift of hope to everyone in our community who is experiencing or has experienced cancer,” said Ed Thomas, executive director. “Cancer survivors know the tremendous toll the disease and its treatment can take on their spirit, mind and body. Chances are they do not have access to exercise and wellness programs designed specifically for them. We want to provide that access here in Shelby County.”
The local Y’s investment includes staff training, preparation and hosting efforts for the continuous program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a proven evidence and research based program that meets twice each week. It empowers cancer survivors to take an active role in their own health by engaging in a strength and conditioning program at the Y. It focuses on health, rather than the disease, and helps cancer survivors move beyond illness to reclaim wellness in spirit, mind and body.
Sally Barker, a cancer survivor and Y Group Exercise instructor says, “This is fantastic news that the Y is going to offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. I’ve always said, ‘Have faith. It’s going to be alright,’ and this program brings that statement to life.”
To support the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA on Match Day, gifts must be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/YMCA noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com and at the Y. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 27 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.