About the program

Helping Cancer Survivors refocus, rebuild and LIVE well through and beyond cancer.

Fighting cancer is a scary enough experience – recovering shouldn’t have to be. At the YMCA, we’re committed to supporting our friends, families and neighbours in their fight against cancer. That’s why we offer the YMCA Cancer Survivor Program.

Many people don’t realise the negative effects cancer treatment can have on our physical abilities. Whether people lose or gain weight, the majority of people going through cancer become frail. This not only takes its toll on overall physical wellness, but your mental wellness as well.

YMCA Cancer Survivors is a 12 Week physical activity and support program for cancer survivors. A cancer survivor is any person diagnosed with cancer, and includes people living with, through and beyond the disease.

At no cost to the survivor, the YMCA provides a safe exercise program and environment for cancer survivors to gain and reclaim their health and well-being. Perhaps just as important as the physical aspect of the program, participants get the chance to connect with likeminded people on a similar journey. Survivors who have gone through the program, describes the support, empathy and understanding gained through being part of a group as priceless and like nothing they've ever experienced elsewhere.

YMCA Cancer Survivors focuses on the whole person, not the disease. Instructors also help participants develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle. YMCA instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.

Benefits of being part of the program include:

  • Improved muscle mass and strength
  • Increased flexibility and endurance
  • Improved confidence and self-esteem

If you know someone with cancer who you think will benefit from this program, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with your local YMCA Fitness Centre.