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The Madison Area YMCA Celebrates the Ninth LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Graduation

Jul 12, 2016

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For Immediate Release

The Madison Area YMCA Celebrates the Ninth LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Graduation

(Madison, NJ) July 12, 2016- The ninth LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class has graduated. The LIVESTRONG program brings those affected by cancer a significant step forward toward sustained healthy living beyond cancer diagnosis and recovery.

Celebrating are graduates and their coaches. Back Row L-R: Maureen Delanoy from Oak Ridge; Gina Curcione from Florham Park; Pam Cucco from Madison; Meredith Haber from West New York; Barbara Dzurny from Mount Arlington; Cheryl Vivona from Chatham; Lillian Morisi from Madison; Jim O’Neil from Rockaway; Madison Area YMCA Director of Healthy Living Joe Gonsalves from Edison; John MacDonald from Randolph; LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Coach Chelsea Sacher from Florham Park; Associate Health & Fitness Director Jennifer Casanova from New Providence; and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Coach Patti Matthaei from Madison.

Seated L-R: Rose Marie Cracolici from Florham Park; Patricia Ioannou from Morristown;

LIVESTRONG July 2016 Graduation

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Coach Susan Sheeley from Kenilworth; LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Coach Judy Core from Florham Park; and Shannon Mrotchek from Morristown.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors through its no fee program that provides opportunities to engage in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Survivors are encouraged to come as they are, no matter what stage of wellness they are in.

The 12-week research-based program brings together cancer survivors and YMCA staff trained in cancer care to achieve goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; improving confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately practicing a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery but as a way of life. 

The program, in existence since 2013, receives support through donations from charity events such as the Y’s bocce tournament and Y spinathons.

The Madison Area YMCA is a cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Generous donations make it possible for everyone in the community to be enriched by the Y, regardless of ability to pay, to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body at any age.