Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cancer Survivors Find Support at the Y!

At the age of 26, Miller was diagnosed with cancer. Despite his prognosis, he remained optimistic about being cancer free. He went through radiation to treat the cancer.  During his journey he continued working out at the Y. Two years later, he received devastating news the cancer returned and had spread to his lymph nodes. 
The second time around proved to be more challenging for Miller as he was required to undergo chemotherapy and more intensive treatment to address the illness. At times, Miller felt like his body turned against him and that he had no control. It took him more than a year and a half for him to regain his "normal."  Today, we are pleased to report that Miller is cancer free, remains active at the Y, and he and his wife are expecting their first child together!
According to the World Health Organization, Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths. Early detection and management is key strategies for preventing certain types of cancers. One of the ways the YMCA of Central Ohio is supporting cancer survivors in our community is through our new initiative, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA of Central Ohio.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week, small group program designed to provide support to cancer survivors throughout central Ohio. The program begins October 23rd and will meet twice a week for 90 minutes at the HILLIARD/RAY PATCH YMCA. This new initiative helps cancer survivors regain their strength to help them return to their normal life or their "new normal." The goal of this program is to help participants build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the side effects of therapy, maintaining weight levels, increasing energy levels and self-esteem.  A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle as a way of life. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants with a supportive environment and a sense of community with fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members.
In an effort to raise awareness about this program and to sustain funding for the future, the HILLIARD/RAY PATCH YMCA will be holding its first LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Spin-A-Thon on November 10, 2012, from 9:00 am - 12 noon.  Celebrity Instructors include, Jeff Hogan from WBNS-10TV, Andrew Roberts, CEO of YMCA of Central Ohio and many more surprise guests. All proceeds will benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at the HILLIARD/RAY PATCH YMCA. To purchase tickets, visit livestrongatthey.eventbrite.com. 
For more information about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA of Central Ohio, contact:
Natalie Mamlin
4515 Cosgray Rd.

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