Improving the lives of people affected by cancer

Program Details

As a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA participant, the La Crosse Area Family YMCA engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to improve cardiovascular
endurance, build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility, and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program is also focused on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive
community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.


The FREE 12-week LIVESTRONG at the YMCA pilot program launched locally at both Y branches the week of March 7th, 2011.  The La Crosse Area Family YMCA works closely with Mayo Clinic Health Systems and Gundersen Health
Systems.  Both medical facilities refer patients to the program.


“Cancer is life-changing. How strong a person feels in spirit, mind and body directly impacts how he or she lives through and beyond treatment,” said YMCA Executive Director Bill Soper. “At the Y, we work to give all people the opportunity to meet
their health and wellness goals and are delighted to collaborate with LIVESTRONG Foundation to offer those who have been diagnosed with cancer the support they need to build both emotional and physical strength.”


Download the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA brochure


For more information about the local LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program, contact Cancer Survivorship Coordinator Rachel LaValley at [email protected] or



Program Background

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is part of a multi-year collaboration between YMCA of the USA, the national resource office of YMCAs in the U.S., and LIVESTRONG Foundation.  Launched in 2008, the program is designed
to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the country’s growing population of cancer survivors and their families by bringing customized, research-based health and well-being programs into communities across the country.

Currently LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered at 211 Ys around the country and served over 42,000 participants.

Read more about the history of LIVESTRONG