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YMCA program helps cancer survivors


The feeling of being diagnosed with cancer is one that can't be explained.
"You're laying there, you don't know what your future's going to do. It's very much an uncertain time," says cancer survivor John Benson.
So the Aspirus YMCA is helping give cancer survivors, like John Benson and Bill Kucil, hope in the fight for their life.
"Here there were people willing to show me things that I could do, help me get better, build my body back up," Benson says.
"I was real thin and by doing all the programs I built myself up," Kucil says.
The YMCA will offer its fifth session of the Livestrong Program in September. The program is designed to help cancer survivors regain strength lost during treatment.
"It's a 12-week program. We take some measurements and understand their fitness levels and then tailor a program to them," project manager Christy Parks says.
"They put me in awe, in amazement of what they can do and what they have gone through and how they have survived," Livestrong instructor Susan Otte says.
Livestrong participants have seen tremendous growth during the sessions…
"Standing on one leg; six or seven seconds was all I could do," Benson says. "Now, I can go over a minute."
…and they say the benefits are more than just physical.
"Emotionally, it gets you to another level, a better level," Kucil says.
"If you have any feeling 'why did this happen to me,' it happens to a lot of people," Benson adds. "You get over that very quickly, start interacting with other people and see what you can do to help them. I've made friends here that I intend to keep for a long time."

Livestrong Information at Aspirus YMCA
- Session starts September 11
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm
- Contact: Christy Parks 715-841-1854 or Sara Pinsonneault 715-841-1809 to enroll


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