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September 27, 2018


Thank you for your willingness and dedication to support the 5th Annual LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Golf and Black Tie Gala! Your participation and support comes at a crucial time for this program, as it has gained much momentum since its first year, serving 236 cancer survivors at our downtown York and Shrewsbury branches. Of the 236 survivors who have enrolled in the program, 187 have completed the full 12 week program.  Of those 187, 100% have improved their health in at least 3 of 8 fitness assessment categories that evaluate strength, flexibility, balance and cardiorespiratory endurance.  More than 74% of the program graduates have improved in 6 or more of the 8 assessment areas and 20% have improved in all 8 categories.  This program undoubtedly improves the wellbeing of the cancer survivor participants and their care givers, providing all with the opportunity to improve physical, mental and emotional health.  Our program is growing and has recently expanded to an additional location, the Eastern Branch YMCA.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week research-based program that supports cancer survivors in regaining their physical, emotional and spiritual strength. This health and wellness exercise program is conducted in a small group environment that includes individualized attention for each participant. Adult survivors are eligible to join the program during all stages of recovery. This program also serves and embraces the families and caregivers that have been affected by the disease by providing a free family membership throughout the course of the program.

Our goal for the Golf and Black Tie Gala is to raise dollars to support the sustainability of this program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has had tremendous impact: on the survivor participants, the instructors who work with them, and on the Y as an organization. This program has helped us strengthen our commitment to our mission of building healthy spirits, minds and bodies for ALL. It is our hope to serve as many survivors as possible, and your support of this signature event is necessary to achieve that goal. The YMCA of York and York County has demonstrated a commitment to improve wellbeing through our diverse programs for the various needs within the York community. To keep the program accessible, we pledge to deliver the program “free of charge” to survivors and their caregivers, but we can’t do this without the support of the community and contributors like you. We aim not only to help LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants continue to thrive, but to ensure that the program itself thrives as well.

Thank you for your commitment and partnership in building a healthier, stronger York County.


September 27, 2018


YMCA of York and York County