THRIVE is a 12-week group personal training program designed for people who have become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from battling cancer. With the guidance or specially trained personal trainers, participants build back muscle mass and muscular strength, increase flexibility and cardiovascular endurance and improve functional ability. Participants are also offered the opportunity to try a sampling of group exercise classes within the supportive environment of the group.
THRIVE participants and their families receive a free family membership to the Y for the duration of the program.
If you or someone you know is a survivor who may be interested in participating in the program, contact Angela Oprendek, 215-348-8131, x1184 for program application details. A new class begins each January, April and September.
In early 2012, Central Bucks Family YMCA welcomed our first class of THRIVE cancer wellness program participants offering them a 12-week program of personal training designed to improve strength, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. The participants and their families received 12-weeks of membership.
With the leadership of Angela Oprendek, THRIVE Project Manager, this initial class of 11 men and women of different ages and stages of cancer recovery, learned and laughed together while working with Y staff to get healthy. They graduated the program in August.
The following September, we welcomed our second class of 20 participants with an expanded THRIVE program that included the help of volunteers from the first graduating class. Most particularly, Mary Madison, a graduate from the first group of 11 cancer survivors, is spearheading the volunteer effort amount former participants. A third THRIVE class began their journey in late 2012 while the second class is scheduled to graduate in early 2013.
The THRIVE program continues to support community cancer survivors, providing them with training and wellness programs and, most importantly, the support of each other.