Walk for CaRE

On September 23 under sunny skies and the beautiful setting of the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail, 40 people and 1 dog walked a 5K or a 1.2 marathon to help cancer survivors at the Y on their road to recovery.

Many thanks to walk organizer and Y member Dale Groff, and the Y members and friends who came out for the event.  A special “shout out” to the members of the Lancaster Family YMCA Lancaster Lightning swim team and their families who cancelled their practice on Saturday so they could walk.  Coach Gwyn Atkinson said, “Multiple families involved with our team have lost friends and family members to cancer or know people who are battling the disease.  This was a great team activity and great way to show our support for people in the CaRE program and the Y.”

$1400 was raised to ate through this event and we’re still accepting donations.

You can still support the Walk for CaRE by making a donation online. When donating online, please type “Walk for Care” in the Add Special Instructions To The Seller Box.


You can also donate by sending a check made out to: 
Lancaster Family YMCA
Mail to:
Lancaster Family YMCA Association
Attention: Walk for CaRE
252 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 300, Lancaster, PA 17603

The Lancaster Family YMCA Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise (CaRE) program provides a pathway for cancer survivors to move from surviving cancer to thriving after cancer. CaRE – a twelve-week wellness program offered at the YMCA’s Lancaster City, Lampeter-Strasburg and New Holland branches – helps cancer patients regain strength and move past the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatments. CaRE classes are free of cost to the cancer survivor and a support friend. CaRE is run in partnership with Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health.


Dale Groff’s  Story


YMCA at New Holland Member Dale Groff with his wife Suzanne

My wife Suzanne was diagnosed with uterine cancer several years ago requiring a full hysterectomy. 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. Before the surgery, she was walking 3-4 miles every day. It took her well over a year to regain her stamina. Today, three years later, she is back to doing her daily 3-4 mile walk and feeling good and she is still cancer free!

I believe the CaRE program would have been very beneficial to Suzanne’s recovery, but it was not available at that time. It is now available at the three YMCA branches in Lancaster County. Through the Walk For Care, I hope to raise awareness about the CaRE program and to show support to all those individuals in cancer recovery by raising funds to help sustain and expand this program.

Learn more about the CaRE program and how you or a loved one can participate.