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Rye YMCA Reaches Out to Cancer Survivors

RYE, N.Y. -- Going through cancer treatment takes a serious toll on the body and the Rye YMCA wants to help restore health to recovering patients through physical activity and a supportive environment.

"This is really about developing an empathy for cancer survivors as an organization," said Rye Y Chief Operating Officer Edward Philipp. "We’re looking at how we can be better at providing them with the support they need."

The Rye Y is launching a 12-week pilot program Tuesday, as part of a YMCA national initiative in association with the LIVE STRONG Foundation .

Classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. that focus on developing cardiovascular endurance and rebuilding muscular strength.

The classes are free to both members and non-members who have gone or are currently going through cancer treatment. Non-members will also be offered a free trial membership for the duration of the program.

Interested parties must go through a brief interview process to review their medical history and determine whether the program is right for them.

"Basically if their doctor says it's okay, then it's okay," said Philipp.

While the program is focused on physical activity, Philipp said a supportive environment is a major component.

Classes are no larger than 10 and have two instructors. Toward the end of each class there will be time for participants to socialize and share their stories.

"Cancer survivors all have a shared experience," said Philipp. "There is a certain spirit amongst them."

Are you or someone you know a cancer survivor? What local organizations have been supportive?

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