Registration opens for next years Livestrong program

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A kickball tournament this Saturday is in need of players to raise funds for a life-changing program in Wichita Falls.

Livestrong is a 12-week program that helps cancer survivors regain their strength and it kicks off at the YMCA again in January.

Kimberly Ferris, a cancer survivor, said before she was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year she was athletic and always on the go.

"I played sports all my life and I didn't know what I was going to do to build that strength back up," Ferris said. "I was already getting frustrated just because I was always very active and just walking to me can get boring to me."

Ferris heard about the program through the Livestrong instructor and knew it was something she had to go for.

"Once you are diagnosed with cancer your health is so important," Ferris said. "You can't be laying around. You've got to get up and keep moving."

The program caters to the individual needs of each survivor who is then trained by a certified fitness instructor.

Noel Filer, YMCA Mission Advancement Director, said they do this through a combination of class time and hands-on activities.

"Sometimes they are in the weight room, sometimes they are exposed to some of the different fitness classes that we offer," Filer said. "It's never the same from week to week."

However, it's something they cannot continue without the communities support.

"We offer this program completely free to cancer survivors because they've already encountered so many medical expenses but in order to do that we really need donations to help cover the cost of that," Filer said. "That is one of the best ways that people can donate to the Y. By donating specifically to Livestrong because it makes such an impact for these people."

Another way members of the community can help is by gathering a group of 10 and signing up for a kickball tournament that is planned for this Saturday.

There is a fee of $200 for each team but the funds will go towards Livestrong to continue providing this free program to cancer survivors.

You can sign up today by contacting Lisa Pickens or Sarah Perkins Fidlar at 940-322-7816 or lisapickens@ymcawf.org.

Teams need to be registered by 2:00  p.m. on Friday. Cancer survivors can also sign up for next year's Livestrong program, which will start the second week of January.

To learn more you can contact Sarah Fidlar at 940-322-7816 or sarah@ymcawf.org

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