YMCA Awarded $15,000 Grant

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- “The YMCA of Rock River Valley has been awarded a grant of $15,000 by the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” Melissa Burns, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Project Manager for the YMCA, said today.

According to Burns, the grant will be used to offer continuous sessions of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA® program. It is a 12-week, small group program designed to help adult cancer survivors build their strength and energy levels through purposeful, safe exercise. One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Medical studies now show that moderate levels of appropriate physical activity can assist individuals following cancer treatment and may reduce the chance of a cancer reoccurrence.

“Two of our main focus areas as a YMCA are healthy living and social responsibility. As an organization that serves people in need in our community, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA® lets us reach a growing number of people in this area who are dealing with cancer. Not only do we help them gain or reclaim health and well-being, but we also help set the stage for activity as a long-term way of life for our participants,” continues Burns. “The grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will give us additional resources to offer more class times and sessions, but also allow the Y to help cancer survivors reclaim their future.”

To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA®, contact Melissa Burns, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA® Project Manager, at (815)885-6844 or mburns@rockriverymca.org.

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