Livestrong at the YMCA


A supportive community is a big part of health and wellness. Our mission drives us to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive in a nurturing environment.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is fully funded by donors to engage cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person – mind and body.

Through this program participants work with trained Y staff to improve cardiovascular endurance and functional ability, build muscle mass and strength, and increase flexibility. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the mental and emotional well-being of survivors and their families. This creates a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

By focusing on health, rather than the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley has helped over 500 cancer survivors move beyond illness to reclaim their wellness in both spirit, mind and body.

Livestrong at the YMCA is a 12-week program offered at no cost to participants. Living with cancer is stressful and difficult enough, and the YMCA and our donors want to ensure everyone can participate and don’t have to worry about the cost.

Next session dates:

  • August 23rd-November 10
  • Tuesday/Thursdays
  • 10-11:15am Bittner YMCA
  • 5:15-6:30pm Utica Ridge YMCA


Cancer can devastate anyone, at anytime, from any background. When it happens, the lives of everyone that person are affected.

“I have a new attitude about life,” said Martha (shown on right). “I left behind the toxic memories of the disease, disappointing milestones and other horrible experiences. I no longer care about the judgement of others. Life is a blessing! It is time to live it! No I am embarking on a new challenge with the great people God has put in my path.”