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Iredell Health System Renews Grant to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Program for Third Year

STATESVILLE, NC (May 2014) – The Statesville and Barium Springs Family YMCAs, branches of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, announced today that Iredell Health System has renewed its contribution to the LIVE STRONG ® at the YMCA program, a physical activity and well-being initiative for cancer survivors.

This is the third year that Iredell Health System has provided funding to support the program, which launched two years ago and has served 60 cancer survivors and their families. LIVE STRONG ® at the YMCA is designed to focus on the whole person. Cancer survivors work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program is also focused on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

"Iredell Health System has been a true partner in our LIVE STRONG ® at the YMCA program and we are so grateful to have their support again this year," said Angela "Blake" Blakley, VP of Operations YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and Executive Director Statesville Family YMCA. "At the Y, we work to give all people the opportunity to meet their health and wellness goals. We continue to see the LIVE STRONG ® at the YMCA impact lives and offer those who have been diagnosed with cancer the support they need to build both emotional and physical strength."

LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA is designed to improve the health and day-to-day quality of life for the country's growing population of cancer survivors and their families by bringing customized, research-based health and well-being programs into communities across the country.

"Our community and many of our patients have a need for a post-treatment well-being program for cancer survivors," said Ed Rush, CEO of Iredell Health System. "The Statesville Family YMCA fills that need in our community by helping survivors become stronger in spirit, mind and body as they reach their new 'normal'."

LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA is no cost to participants and also includes a free Metro Membership to the Y for three months. One session has taken place already this year and the next session begins August 25, 2014 and the Y is taking applications now. Spots are limited and participants are selected by medical referral.

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About YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
The YMCA is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 100,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community's health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities across five counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at

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