June is National Cancer Survivor Month. There are currently 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. Despite the challenges of short-term and long-term effects of treatment, cancer survivors are resilient. The Muskegon YMCA celebrates survivors during National Cancer Survivor Month, and encourages individuals touched by cancer to learn more about how they can be supported in their recovery through the Livestrong with the YMCA program.

The program supports those who are living with, through, or beyond cancer in reclaiming their lives by focusing on their health, not the disease. Livestrong classes offer survivors a safe, supportive environment where they can get active and build community with others. Classes are offered throughout Muskegon County at the Y’s partner locations, including Muskegon Family Care and the Viking Athletic Center in Whitehall. 

“After suffering from cancer, and suffering from chemo, and suffering from the radiation, coming here has helped me be able to walk again, to be able to move again,” says cancer survivor and Livestrong Program Participant, Luann.

Livestrong with the YMCA coaches are exercise experts who understand survivors’ unique physical needs and concerns and help address them safely. “Empowering you to achieve your goals is our mission,” says Ashley Brage, Muskegon YMCA Livestrong Coach and Program Director. “We’re here to create a space where you can feel supported and motivated every step of the way.”Livestrong is available to all cancer survivors throughout Muskegon county at no-cost thanks to the generosity of donors and partner facilities. To get registered or to support the program, please contact Ashley Brage at ydpp@muskegonymca.org or call (855) 278-6836. Visit muskegonymca.org/livestrong to learn more.