Walk for Cancer Survivors is a Personal Mission for Dale Groff and His Family
In 2016, YMCA at New Holland Member Dale Groff took on the challenge of walking 50 miles in One Day to raise funds and awareness for the Lancaster Family YMCA’s cancer recovery program. This program – formerly known as CaRE which has now transitioned to LIVESTRONG at the YMCA – helps cancer survivors reclaim their health and move past the effects of cancer treatments such as fatigue and loss of strength. Dale’s wife Suzanne had been diagnosed with uterine cancer several years prior. The surgery and follow-up radiation treatments were very successful, however, she lost her stamina. The least little effort put her back in bed and asleep for hours.
The LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program was not available when Suzanne was recovering from cancer, but Dale saw how it would have helped her and the positive impact the program was having on the men and women currently going through it, and he wanted to take action to ensure that the program would be available for other cancer survivors for years to come.
Dale’s first walk was very successful. He completed the 50 miles and helped raise more than $4,000 for the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program while also raising awareness.
Dale’s initial walk has transitioned into a community event called the Walk for Cancer Survivors at the YMCA and has taken on an even more personal meaning for him and his family. Dale’s sister-in-law Cindi (Suzanne’s sister) was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. After undergoing surgery, she went through months of chemotherapy and radiation. She too, like her sister Suzanne, lost her stamina and strength.
(from left: Cindi, Dale, Suzanne)
Cindi was able to participate in the spring session of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at the Lampeter-Strasburg branch and she states, “It came at a time in my life when I needed something to help me return to life as I wanted to live it.” (click here to read Cindi’s full story.)
“So many around us are being diagnosed with cancer. Some survive, others don’t. I feel the need to do something to help those who survive and are struggling to recover. People are still unaware of this wonderful free program. So I walk to raise awareness and funds. Please join me and my family on October 6 and participate as you are able. We, as a community, can make a big difference in other’s lives…..one step at a time.” – Dale Groff
Donations to the Walk for Cancer Survivors at the Y are still being accepted at the Y’s online giving website through October 30, 2018. Please choose Walk for Cancer Survivors in the Campaign drop-down menu box.