Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise (CaRE) Program

Every year, more than 3,000 people in Lancaster County are diagnosed with cancer. 

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CaRE – From Surviving to Thriving

What does life look like after surviving cancer? For many it includes fatigue, loss of appetite and strength and financial hardships due to mounting medical expenses. Through the Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise program (CaRE), the Lancaster Family YMCA is providing a pathway for cancer survivors to restore the health and wellness they lost.

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CaRE, running in partnership with Penn Medicine – Lancaster General Health, is a fully subsidized twelve-week health and wellness program designed to help cancer patients move past the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatments. In the program, participants meet twice a week at the YMCA for group and individual workouts led by a Y personal coach trained in supporting their special needs. The program incorporates educational components to help cancer survivors develop coping skills, understand proper nutrition and learn fatigue management techniques. CaRE’s supportive environment provides a platform for survivors to share their stories and motivate each other on their journey forward.

  • Participants for the program are selected by oncologists at LG Health and then evaluated by LG Health physical therapists to ensure they are physically able to participate in the program.
  • Participants will be expected to participate in at least 80% of the classes.
  • LG Health augments the program with educational presentations and measures participant outcomes at the completion of the program
  • The program is free of charge to the cancer patient and a support friend.

CaRE is offered at our Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, City Center YMCA and YMCA at New Holland branches. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in becoming a CaRE participant, please contact: Lancaster General Contact Center at LGH-INFO (544-4636). Visit the Penn Medicine-Lancaster General Health website to lean more about the CaRE program and other Lancaster General Health services.


CaRE Participant Stories of Impact

Meagan Funk shares her experience with the CaRE program and the powerful results of combining renewed strength and social connections in her My Y Story.

In our Spring 2014 Y Impact newsletter, Denise Harnish and Beca Stamp discuss how the social support they found in CaRE was key to achieving strength and recovery.

Read our Winter 2013 Y Impact newsletter to learn how the CaRE program made a difference in the life of Joan Decker.