YMCA Buffalo Niagara Named LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Finalist and Award Recipient

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

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YMCA Buffalo Niagara Named LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Finalist and Award Recipient

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) It was announced Tuesday that YMCA Buffalo Niagara was a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Finalist and award recipient.

According to a news release:

The project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.

“We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Kelly Standage, program development director for YMCA Buffalo Niagara. “This award will directly impact our ability to support those in our community who are affected by cancer. We want to offer our appreciation to those who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families in our area.”

“By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO.  “We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer.”

More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign.  Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast and YMCA Buffalo Niagara was among the finalists. YMCA Buffalo Niagara will use the $3,000 award to launch LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based program that offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. As part of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, 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. 

Currently LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is offered at 85 Y associations around the country.  As a result of the Community Impact Project YMCA Buffalo Niagara will be one of 30 additional Ys that will begin providing the program in 2012.  To date, approximately 6,000 cancer survivors have participated in the program nationwide.