The National Women’s Survivors Convention is partnering with YMCA of the USA and the LIVESTRONG Foundation to help change the lives of three women cancer survivors with SURVIVOR LIFE MAKEOVERS. Three women who have completed their respective cancer treatments were chosen by Y-USA in February to begin this amazing transformation.
The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program was created to fulfill 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.
The goal of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program also aims to reduce the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem, as well as assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members.
The three selected women will work with trained instructors who are a part of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and are trained in on the specific needs and wants of people affected by cancer. The women chosen will represent survivors of all ages, types and cancer stages. Each woman’s story will be documented via on-camera interviews and through video diaries. The ‘transformed’ women will be revealed along with their stories during a convention-highlighted event on Saturday evening.