Local breast cancer survivors modeled the latest fall fashions at aOct 3rd fashion show benefitting the YMCA’s After Breast Cancer program and Annual Giving Campaign.
Wearing clothing from Belk, the models at the Heroes in Heels fashion show have each been helped by the After Breast Cancer program. The show seeks to increase awareness and support of the YMCA’s efforts that meet the targeted health needs of people in the community. Their breast cancer program is a part of those efforts.
This year nearly one in seven will face a breast cancer diagnosis, and nearly 300 of them will turn to the YMCA for support during or following treatment. The YMCA’s cancer program provides specialized wellness and nutrition guidance for survivors on their road to recovery. It also helps survivors regain energy, strength and range of motion following cancer treatment.
Nearly 1,000 Middle Tennessee women have been helped by the cancer program since its inception in 2000. Participants in the program receive a 16-week YMCA membership along with a customized exercise plan developed by a Pink Ribbon Certified personal trainer, nutrition counseling with a registered dietician, and support and encouragement of caring YMCA staff and fellow breast cancer patients and survivors—all free of charge.
The cancer program is available in the YMCA facilities in Bellevue, Clarksville, Cool Springs, Maryland Farms, Putnam County and Rutherford County. Each cancer program is open to YMCA members and non-members.
It’s a need the YMCA is happy to fill.
“For more than a century, YMCAs across the country have been responding to the most pressing needs in their community,” “The Maryland Farms Y is no exception. With the support of generous donors and volunteers, we work to meet the needs of our neighbors, including these brave survivors who are battling a disease that affects far too many people.”
The YMCA helps survivors and patients get the kind of specialized help that they may not find elsewhere.
“For a lot of patients, the medical care they receive may be state-of-the-art, but it may not be able to offer the level of support they need to navigate the road to recovery once treatment is completed, We work to bridge that gap and make sure survivors have access to the education and expertise they need to safely resume exercise or to start the path to a healthier post-cancer lifestyle, which can reduce the risk of recurrence.”
For more information about the fashion show or the After Breast Cancer Program, contact the Maryland Farms YMCA (615) 373-2900, or visit ymcamidtn.org