West Cook YMCA


Living Strong with Cancer

Published 10.20.16
by Deb Quantock McCarey, oakpark.com

Excerpt from oakpark.com: Since 2011, 77-year-old Oak Parker, Glen Benoy, has been diagnosed with two different forms of cancer, which after treatment transitioned him into a state of remission twice.

He credits his returning strength and overall physicality to the programming of the West Cook YMCA, and specifically its new evidence-based "Livestrong at the YMCA" program, which debuted in February 2016.

Now, as one of its inaugural "graduates," Benoy said he and the eight other cancer survivors benefitted from the free 12-week program, which met twice a week for 90 minutes.

In it, he and his buddy Joe, another man who had undergone radiation treatment for prostate cancer, toughed out the traditional exercise methods in an effort to ease back into a fitness routine, while maintaining a healthy weight in a social setting.

"Before cancer, I was never athletic, and I didn't use to exercise, but since, I have participated in the Y's programming rather frequently," he says.  "I like to have other people around me who are also suffering or groaning…or smiling or laughing, whatever. The group thing, I can do that."

Please see full article here.

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