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YMCA's Livestrong program gives Oklahoma cancer survivors a boost

The YMCA's 12-week health and wellness classes, some of which are in the Oklahoma City area, are aimed at building strength and endurance for adult cancer survivors.
by Matt Patterson Modified: January 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

Williams enjoyed meeting others who were facing similar challenges.

“The socializing was a big part of it for me,” Williams said. “It was comforting to meet people who are in the same situation, or similar. The cancers can be different, but many of the challenges are the same.”

The classes meet two days a week. One day is typically devoted to cardio, and the second day is devoted to specific workouts, guest speakers and field trips. The classes have helped Williams' recovery. She continued going to the YMCA after her class ended last month.

“I have more flexibility, and I can get around a little more,” Williams said. “It's a long process, but it was a great way to start it.”

For more information about Livestrong classes, call Aline Ludwig at 378-0420 or email Registration begins Jan. 22.

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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