If cancer changed your life, find a community that truly understands at the Y. 

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a community that supports cancer survivors as they pursue holistic health and wellness. 

The program equips survivors with the tools they need to recover mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically. A Y membership is included to help with the transition to better health.

Join a team of survivors who exercise, socialize, and empathize together. Click here to learn more. 

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Goals and health benefits

  • Improve energy levels and self-esteem
  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve ability to perform everyday tasks
  • Develop a fitness plan to continue practicing a healthy lifestyle


In addition to the physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

The 12-week program includes two 90-minute classes per week in a small group setting, which includes a wellness program suited to your individual ability level. Funded locally by the YMCA of WNC and community partners, the program is offered at no cost to participants and also includes a household membership to the Y for the session’s duration.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is recommended for those recently finished with cancer treatment. Enrollment is handled on a case-by-case basis. Potential participants must:

  • Be a cancer survivor (as defined by point of diagnosis onward)
  • Be age 18 or older
  • Consult their oncologist or a hospital oncology representative for medical clearance before joining the program (see medical clearance form below)
  • Obtain medical clearance if currently undergoing treatment
  • Have a strong personal desire and commitment to participate in the program (it is highly recommended to attend a minimum of 80% of classes)
  • Give permission for a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA representative to contact their physician or healthcare provider if necessary

See this document for more details on how LIVESTRONG at the YMCA works.


For more information, please call 828-251-5910 or complete the interest form below.


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"Cancer sapped me of my strength, energy, and self-confidence. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and its instructors helped me challenge myself, working through the diversity of the Y’s programs. I may not be 100% yet but I’m getting there! Thank you for prodding me to do more, and making it a lot of fun too!"

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