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NEWS // June 15, 2018

YMCA Fitness Program for Cancer Survivors

Author – Catalina Duarte, Public Relations & Social Media Specialist, YMCA

Being physically active is important at every age and every stage of life. The YMCA of San Diego County offers classes and programs that empower individuals to improve their health and live life to the fullest. The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is a great example of this. This 12-week, small group program helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis. Some of the positive changes among participants include increased physical strength, confidence and energy.

“I started LIVESTRONG at the YMCA eight weeks after my double mastectomy,” says Dana Sobotka, a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduate. “There was a huge group of us, different ages, different fitness abilities, but the camaraderie was wonderful. The instructors were so great at tailoring to exactly what we needed. I know they go through a lot of training and it’s very evident. Also being mindful of the emotional journey that we were going through was absolutely invaluable.”

The classes feature exercise methods that safely address the unique physical needs and concerns of people affected by cancer, while connecting them with others through shared experiences. Workouts include cardiovascular exercise, strength training, stretching and balance work.

The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA launched in San Diego in February 2016 and has served over 120 community members. YMCA participants are adults over the age of 18 who are living with or beyond cancer treatment. Thanks to the generous support of donors like the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, the YMCA now has the structure in place to serve over 330 individuals this year.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered at the following YMCA of San Diego County locations:

For more information about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA or other programs available, visit our website at