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Appleton YMCA
Linda VanEgeren
Wellness Coordinator
LIVESTRONG At The YMCA® Instructor

(P) 920.954.7629
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Not Just Surviving, Thriving
Youth Cancer Survivor Program
Ages 5-16
Appleton YMCA

The Youth Cancer Program at the Y is a 7-session small group or individual program designed specifically for cancer survivors ages 5-16, who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease.

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. This physical activity and well-being program is designed to help young cancer survivors just be kids.

Participants work with trained Y Staff to safely provide activities to build muscle and strength; increase flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease.

  • Advanced Registration is REQUIRED.
  • Cost is FREE to both Y Members and General Public
  • This program is 7 sessions and meets once a week for 30 minutes


Instructors are trained Y Staff that will give individualized instruction and support to the participants.

I looked forward to spending time with Anna each week. She is such an inspiration To everyone around her. Anna always had A positive attitude a smile on her face.

- Stacy Headson

YMCA of the Fox Cities Wellness Coach & LIVESTRONG At The YMCA Instructor

Anna Hietpas and Stacy Headson

The Youth Cancer Program focuses on low impact exercises, developing coordination and decreasing deconditioning that is a result of treatment. There are weekly supervised sessions to help those whose lives have been affected by cancer to renew or increase their physical activity. This is a fun and dynamic physical fitness program focused on improving strength, endurance, coordination, mobility and balance through a variety of exercise such as:
  • Age appropriate Strength Training exercises through game play or equipment
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Balance and Mobility
  • Swimming


A typical session includes the welcome and game play to improve strength and cardio.

  • 1x a week instructor led
  • One-on-one or group of up to 4 (age appropriate)
  • 2 month YMCA Membership is FREE
  • Option to register for an age appropriate class such as youth sports, swim lessons, group fitness, etc.

This program is tailored to the specific needs, age and activity level of the survivor. While Enrolled in this Free Program... Survivors and their family will receive all the benefits of a Y membership and may utilize the facility, participate in value-added or designated classes. The child must also be actively participating in the Youth Cancer Program to receive this benefit.

youth cancer survivor "This program is for children that have faced a huge challenge in their young life. The Y is here to support and offer the opportunity for these amazing kids to just be kids."

-Linda VanEgeren
Wellness Coordinator and LIVESTRONG At The YMCA® Instructor
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