By Tamas Mondovics

LIVESTRONG, a free 12-week-long physical activity and well-being program hosted at various YMCA facilities for cancer survivors, family members and members of the community were pleased to graduate its most recent class at the Campo Family YMCA.

According to YMCA officials, the program fits well the Y’s mission as it’s designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

The research-based program offers people affected by cancer a supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. 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.

From meditation to yoga flow and pickle ball, participants enjoy a variety of activities during the program.

Last month’s graduation, which successfully celebrated the accomplishments of its eight participants at the Campo Y, located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. Valrico, including Laura Hynds McGlamory, Connie Cothron, Pat Smith, Marie Algarin, Pat Brown and Jose Ayala, clearly gave an unquestionable testimony to the program’s importance in the lives of both trainers as well as participants.

During the event, LIVESTRONG leader and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Keely Seymour put things in perspective for the graduates and future class members.

“We hope you found a support system here,” Seymour said.

LIVESTRONG volunteer Parker Pope, a Tampa resident with “Mindful Meditation” provided background music to help participants enjoy some calming sounds during their class sessions.

To show her appreciation for the program McGlamory presented a gift and commendation to both Seymour and fellow trainer Brad Guida for their hard work.

In addition to physical benefits, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

Taking the holiday season off, the next 12-week program at the Campo Y is scheduled to start in February.

For more information, visit www.tampaymca.org.