In partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, the YMCA has developed a small-group cancer survivorship program for those who are living with, through or beyond cancer. Learn more below about our specialized program, and watch inspiring stories from survivors.


physical activity

We know how important physical activity can be while recovering from cancer. According to research from the Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Institute, participants in our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program experience improved fitness and quality of life, as well as significant decreases in cancer-related fatigue.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: By the Numbers

  • 76,952 people served

  • 791 YMCA locations

  • 400 communities involved

Program Details


Our 12-week program* includes:

  • Two 75 to 90-minute sessions per week
  • Cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises
  • Fitness and quality of life assessments before and after participation
  • YMCA-certified instructors helping you every step of the way

*Requires referral and medical clearance from a physician. Open to adults 18 years or older at low or no cost.

To learn more about our partnership with LIVESTRONG, visit

Inspiring Stories from Cancer Survivors

From gaining physical strength to finding encouragement along the way, five people share their journeys at the Y.

Watch more Y stories

  • Cancer Survivorship: It Helped Me Physically and Mentally.

    Ron and his cousin joined LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at North Augusta Family YMCA while both recovering from cancer. Ron expected they'd regain physical strength through the program, but he found that they also gained mental strength and determination. Every day Ron’s perseverance brings him one step closer to his goal: returning to work. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • Cancer Survivorship: It Helped me Put the Pieces Back Together.

    Rita wasn’t going to let cancer get in the way of her dreams of becoming an industrial engineer. While in recovery from her second occurrence of cancer, she juggled an internship, work, school and other demands. However, she still made the time to participate in LIVESTRONG at the YMCA where she found that laughter really is the best medicine. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

  • Cancer Survivorship: We Have Something to Offer Each Other.

    A cancer diagnosis can be scary and isolating. Through LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at South Sound YMCA, Aaron found support with other cancer survivors who could share their experiences and understand one another. With yoga, tai chi and strength training exercises, they have improved their strength and formed lasting friendships. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • Cancer Survivorship: It Helped Me Get My Life Back.

    After completing treatments for cancer, Diane was looking for a way to continue her recovery. She decided to join LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at Greater Waterbury YMCA, and through the program she regained strength, found support and encouragement and made friends with other cancer survivors. Diane credits LIVESTRONG at the YMCA with saving her life. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

  • Cancer Survivorship: I’ve Found a Platform for Support.

    Barbara did not let cancer keep her down. LIVESTRONG at the Y helped her gain strength, try new activities like yoga, and find a community of support. This is Barbara’s Y. Her camera. Her story.

Prioritizing Your Quality of Life

Discover more ways to strengthen your spirit, mind and body at the Y.

  • Group Exercise Programs

    From simple cardio movements to strength training, find programs that fit your lifestyle, and enjoy the support of other classmates.

  • Programs for Older Adults

    Whether you want to increase your balance or find new interests, it's never too late to improve your well-being.

  • Diabetes Prevention Program

    Learn tips and healthy habits for decreasing your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Our encouraging small-group program can help you eat healthier and lose weight.