Making an Impact: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA


Last week LIVESTRONG held the first ever LIVESTRONG Assembly bringing together program partners, advocates, fundraising mentors, corporate partners, health care providers and grantees from all over the US. This week we are featuring a few of those partners and describing how they have been able to help cancer survivors in their communities with the help of LIVESTRONG.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their ?new normal.? The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

Below is a video featuring Jayson Killough, Executive Director of Y’s in the Dallas area, and Jon Dearolf, Executive Director of Y’s in Tampa, talking about how the LIVESTRONG at the Y program has helped survivors in their communities. Last year LIVESTRONG at the Y programs took place in 40 cities in 100 branches and served 1,400 survivors nationwide. For more information about the program, go to or contact your local Y.


  1. jewelz cody says:

    This article fails to mention that the program started at Stanford University in Palo Alto. I’m glad that they’re helping to expand this program and its wonderful benefits but they need to give credit to “Living Strong, Living Well” which has been around since 2002.

    BIG HUGE PROPS to Joan Hanna and Stanford for making such a huge difference in my life!

    1. Thank you for your comment regarding the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.  We are glad to hear that you were able to participate in the Living Strong, Living Well program out of Stanford University.  It is a wonderful program and has certainly paved the way for the physical activity programs for cancer survivors.  While there are similarities between the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and Living Strong, Living Well, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is not an exact replication of the Stanford program.  We worked closely with Joyce Hanna and other researchers to develop the LIVESTRONG program; however, there are differences in the program training and model.  We are grateful to Joyce and our other advisors for guiding our program along the way. 

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