By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG helps people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind, and body. 


Offered for FREE at our Bellingham and Lynden centers, this 12-week program (two 90-minute sessions each week) helps cancer survivors build muscle mass and strength; increases flexibility and endurance; improves confidence and self-esteem; and fosters a community of support. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve goals, and they will develop their own fitness plan, so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.

Bellingham Afternoon LIVESTRONG

September 16 - December 9


Mondays & Wednesdays




Contact Tammy Bennett for more information:  360-255-0490 or

Bellingham Evening LIVESTRONG

September 17 - December 10
(no class Nov. 28)


Tuesdays & Thursdays




Contact Tammy Bennett for more information:  360-255-0490 or

Lynden Afternoon LIVESTRONG

September 24 - December 10
(no class Nov. 28)


Tuesdays & Thursdays




Contact Paula Williams for more information:  360-354-5000 or

“When I came to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, it was with awareness that I could no longer do my highly active job. I felt my treatment-damaged muscles were ruined forever. But at the end of the 12 weeks, I was able to do a few hours a week. After a second 12 weeks, I was strong enough to accept as much work as I wanted to.” –Whatcom Family Y LIVESTRONG participant



In 2008, Y-USA and The LIVESTRONG Foundation® created LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. This research-based program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal." 



FREE for cancer survivor and one support person. A YMCA 12-week membership is also included for free for both. The costs associated with the program are underwritten by the YMCA Annual Community Support Campaign.



For more information, or to register for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, email Please note that space is limited for each session to allow for a low instructor-to-participant ratio.