LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA fills an important community need by supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors, who are in a transitional period between completing their treatments and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to return regular activity. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA offers:

  • Free, 12-week Y membership for the survivor and their family
  • Two 75-minute classes each week
  • Small group setting (1:6 instructor ratio)
  • Full access to YMCA facilities, including Childwatch childcare services
  • Designed for adults who are undergoing or who have completed their cancer treatment

Upcoming Classes

Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA September 17-December 12
Tuesday & Thursday 1
2:30-2:00 PM
To register, contact:
Erica Walsh
269-428-9622 or
Niles-Buchanan YMCA September 16-December 12
Monday & Thursday
1:00-2:30 PM
To register, contact:
Charity Schneider
574-287-9622 or

Program Goals

  • Improve energy levels and self-esteem
  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve the functional ability to do everyday tasks
  • Reduce the severity of therapy side-effects and prevent unwanted weight changes
  • Develop an ongoing physical fitness program so participants can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of recovery but as a way of life

Our instructors

Our instructors provide a supportive, safe environment for each class. Our certified instructors and personal trainers have undergone specialized training in the elements of cancer, post-rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care.

Criterion For Participation 

  • Strong personal desire to enroll in the program
  • Personally commit to attending all classes
  • Consult with their physician prior to joining the program
  • Permit Y Wellness Staff to call their physician or person giving treatment when necessary
  • Obtain medical referral and waiver
  • Complete YMCA paperwork and a screening questionnaire


Like many YMCA programs, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is made possible through donations. Hope Grows is a partnership between Lakeland Health Foundation and the YMCA of Southwest Michigan. They donate 100% of their fundraising proceeds back into the community to support programs like LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. Learn more about Hope Grows.