Strength & Support of the YMCA

Staystrong is the South Shore YMCA’s free, year-long support program for cancer patients, survivors and families. Thanks to the generous support of donors, this program is offered at no cost to participants.

The YMCA understands the overwhelming challenges families face when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. As a trusted community leader in health and well-being, the Y believes we can make a dramatic impact to improve lives in our community through our Staystrong program.

October is Staystrong Month at the South Shore Y

Throughout the month of October, we are honoring those touched by cancer as we raise funds and awareness for the Staystrong Program.


  • Join our featured exercise classes to raise funds & awareness.
  • Donate to honor and support cancer survivors.
  • Introduce a cancer patient or caregiver to participate.
  • Remember a loved one with a donation.

Featured Staystrong Group Classes

Staystrong Yoga in Memory of Stacey Hugues

Join Yoga Instructor Amber Gregory for a yoga class in memory of Stacey Hugues, our beloved yoga instructor who was instrumental in launching our Staystrong Cancer Support Program.

  • DATE: Friday, Oct. 20, 6pm-7:30pm
  • LOCATION: South Shore YMCA Laura’s Center for the Arts (Emilson Y Campus)
  • COST: Suggested $25 in-class donation

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Staystrong Zumba Celebration

Enjoy a high-energy workout with Zumba Instructors Arthur and Emi while raising funds to support cancer patients, survivors, and their families at the South Shore YMCA.

  • DATE: Sunday, October 29, 10am-11am
  • LOCATION: Hale Family YMCA Basketball Court
  • COST: Suggested $25 in-class donation

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Program Features

Membership & Program Benefits

  • Free 12-month South Shore YMCA membership
  • Preferred pricing and registration on Y programs

Childcare and Family Activities

  • Drop-in babysitting for parents during treatment and appointments
  • Family-focused physical activities and education

Complimentary Summer Camp

  • Free week of traditional Summer Day Camp for children whose parent or caregiver is undergoing treatment

Health, Fitness & Nutritional Support

  • FREE “Fit-Commit” training session
  • Access to Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry

Resource Connections

  • Staystrong Resource Guide to YMCA and community partner programs

Who Can Benefit?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and has undergone cancer treatment within the past 12 months, plus their household family members and caregiver.

For information on how to participate, or to see if this program applies to you, click the button below.

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Staystrong Medical Wellness Team


Staystrong Stories

"When I heard about this program, I was really excited. I could be at the Y and be close to home. Staystrong helps with the spirit, mind and body in all aspects; you're helping your body which in turn helps your mind. And, if you include family and do not have to worry about where you're dropping off the kids so that you can go get your hour of time -- that’s really important for families." View More Stories

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Who Will You Help Staystrong?

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the South Shore Y is able to offer this program to participants at no cost. Please give to the Staystrong program in honor or in memory of someone you love.