Thanks to supporters, the York YMCA won a grant that will allow it to start a new Livestrong cancer support program.
More than 265,000 people voted online for who should win the grants in each region, according to the Livestrong website, and the grants will fund 90 new cancer support programs across the country.
This is the third year that the York YMCA entered in hopes of securing a grant, said Cori Strathmeyer, wellness and Activate America director of the York YMCA.
The YMCA will launch the 12-week cancer survivor wellness program in January at several of the York branches, Strathmeyer said.
The program focuses on improving strength, range of motion and confidence in cancer survivors, she said.
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partner will help to meet a critical need in the community, said Larry Richardson, president and CEO of the YMCA of York.
This August, three representatives from the YMCA of York and York County will attend a Livestrong Learning Institute in Chicago at the YMCA headquarters, Strathmeyer said.
Before the program officially kicks off in January, a 12-week pilot will be offered this fall at the York YMCA, said Strathmeyer.
The Livestrong program will be offered free of charge, thanks to the $3,500 grant and private donations, Strathmeyer said.
Voters decide where Livestrong Community Impact resources go each year by clicking on a region of the map and voting for the organization they would like to win at vote.livestrong.org.