Lowell, MI, November 19, 2014 – The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is proud to announce that the Lowell YMCA has received a grant of $21,800 from the Lowell Area Community Fund to support the 2015 LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA offers adult cancer survivors the opportunity to workout in a safe, supportive environment and reclaim their health while building relationships with other survivors. The twelve-week, small group program for adult cancer survivors meets twice each week for 1 ¼ hours. The goal of the program is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, balance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. The program equips participants with the knowledge and confidence to continue their own physical fitness program after the twelve weeks, so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle as a way of life.

Cancer survivors in the Lowell area will be impacted dramatically as the Lowell YMCA becomes a place of healing in body, mind, and spirit for people who are in a major transitional period in their lives. The Y acts as partners in healing the whole person, giving the gift of health to cancer survivors who have lost a great deal through the course of their treatment.

The classes will impact participants physically, but will also provide a sense of community and connection to individuals who might otherwise be very defeated and isolated. No one understands cancer like another cancer survivor. The Y will bring them together to share their stories, share their triumphs and possibly their losses. Every session ends with a “Survivor Celebration” inviting past and current participants to come together and celebrate life.