Livestrong Program at the Y and Garbolino Run Registration Info

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From Helene Zahn at the Y:

"Cancer. The Big 'C' - call it what you will. Years ago it seemed like a death sentence but today with the work being done the Lance Armstrong Foundation, more people are fighting the battle and winning, going on to live happy, healthy and productive lives.

It is the focus on the living that brought the YMCA and the Lance Armstrong Foundation together, united in a common purpose -- to ensure that cancer survivors and their families receive the help and support they need to thrive.

Each year 400+ walkers and runners participate in the annual Janice Garbolino Memorial 5K event, walking or running in memory of Janice Garbolino, the former Health & Wellness Director of the Metuchen Branch YMCA, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2002.

Janice would be pleased and proud of the work the YMCA is undertaking with the Lance Armstrong Foundation in her memory.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Y is asking participants to get involved by not only walking or running in memory or in honor of a loved one, but by raising funds in support of the program. Participants can simply and easily establish a personal fundraising page and set a personal or team fundraising goal by visiting the YMCA's website ( and clicking on the Garbolino 5K Event link.

EVENT DETAILS: The event will take place at Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ on Saturday, morning September 22nd.  Registration will be accepted in advance at the branches of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy and online through midnight on Thursday, September 20th. After September 20th, participants can register the morning of the event, from 7:30 AM until 8:15 AM at Lakeview School in Roosevelt Park (the location of the start and finish of the 5K). The run/walk will start promptly at 8:30 AM. Fees are $20 per person until September 20th and $25 per person on the day of the event.


Since 2009, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has offered the free LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA Program. More than 300 people have benefited from this life-changing program as they traveled on their journey back to health and wellness. LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

Here's what some of our participants had to say about the program

"The program provided a flawless transition from 'cancer patient' to empowered cancer survivor. The LIVESTRONG™ Program builds you up and restores you"

"Having cancer made me feel powerless, out of control. The LIVESTRONG™ Program was a way to do something - my fitness   under my control - a game plan."

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