Since the inception of Hope Grows six years ago, we have raised more than $190,000 to support the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer recovery and cancer support services at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, funded through Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation. Together they offer a continuum of care to thousands of patients and families recovering from cancer, those fighting cancer, and those at risk - regardless of ability to pay.
The 12-week LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program provides a “small group” exercise program designed for adult cancer survivors focused on improving physical, mental, and social health. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem. The Marie Yeager Cancer Center of Spectrum Health Lakeland provides a centralized location for cancer care services, including screenings, treatment and follow up care, garments, wigs and transportation.
From the beginning, many individuals shared personal heartfelt stories of loved ones diagnosed with cancer- from detection to recovery. It is because of the impact of these programs that the Boards of Directors of the YMCA and Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation have continued to endorse Hope Grows and give support and oversight to ensure the success of this event.