Event Supports LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, for Cancer survivors

Last updated: September 10. 2013 8:24PM - 1020 Views
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KING — The Stokes Family YMCA will host the 14th annual King of the Hill 5K and Fun Run on Sept. 14. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, which supports cancer survivors in reaching their health goals post-treatment.

Last year, one hundred participants raced in the event, raising more than $2,000 for the program.

“The King of the Hill 5K and Fun Run is a family event for all ages and ability levels from beginners to the serious athletes alike,” said Derek Edwards, Executive Director of the Stokes Family YMCA. “We will provide a safe, quality event for all participants.”

Participants can visit stokesymca.org or call 336-985-9622 for more information. Online registration is available at active.com.

The cost for the Fun Run is $8 for members or $10 for potential members. The 5K Run/Walk is $20 for members or $25 for potential members. Packet pickup will be available Sept. 13 and on race day. On the day of the race the cost is $30 for all participants.

“This event also raises funds for a very important cause — helping cancer survivors in our community rebuild their strength and spirit after treatment,” continued Edwards.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is designed to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the growing population of cancer survivors and their families by bringing customized, research-based health and well-being programs into communities across the country. The program is no cost to participants and includes a free Metro Membership to the Y for three months.

In the LIVESTRONG program, cancer survivors work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program is also focused on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. To date, approximately 5,000 cancer survivors have participated in the program nationwide.

Find more information at www.ymcanwnc.org/livestrongattheymca, a referral form to take to a physician is available for download, or call the Stokes Family YMCA at 336-985-9622.

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually, regardless of age, income or background, to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities across seven counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ymcanwnc.org.

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