Healthbeat: Livestrong Program


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The Livestrong program at YMCA’s across the country are  helping those battling cancer as well as cancer survivors. Caryn Eisert has more in this evening’s Healthbeat.

 For Roger Norem staying positive is a way of life.

“Just keep the high hopes, you know you have to keep everybody smiling and in good cheer. If you start thinking about it you know you can go into that depression or that anxiety and it’s better off just to keep everybody happy”

But life wasn’t always positive.

Roger was diagnosed with a cancer.

“I had my spleen taken out, it was 13 inches diameter and weighed 11 pounds.”

Now… Roger is looking ahead at the future…

And in his future is weights and cardio – with the Livestrong program at the Y-M-C-A.

“It’s for cancer survivors, we meet twice a week and it’s designed not only as a fitness program but it’s a support program.” Said Penny Butts, Instructor for Livestrong

The 12 week program works to bring survivors and those battling a cancer together.

“Cancer survivors who exercise have a 40 percent less incidence of reoccurrence. But it’s also like I said a support group so we see people who are just feeling better and are able to take that next step in their life” Said Butts.

Bringing people together from all walks of life.

“I was in the first class that they had here so since then I’ve decided to be a mentor because when I came I thought what am I going through. So being a mentor to these people help them to be a little more calm” Noted Yolanda Blackwell, Cancer Survivor.

And encouraging those who are fighting for their life.

“Cancer patients whether we are survivors or not we need a support group. These people are survivors, I’m a survivor, where here to support each other. It’s important it’s the support groups” Said Blackwell

Livestrong is completely free for participants. Any adult who is currently going through cancer treatment or has gone through some form of cancer treatments and wants to regain their health and well-being is encouraged to apply.

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