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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.

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 “FitCommit” training session
  • Access to Germantown Neighborhood Center Food Pantry

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.