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Wilton Y Wins Grant for Cancer Survivors Program

WILTON, Conn. – The LIVESTRONG project has named the Wilton Family Y a finalist in its Community Impact project.

An award of $3,500 has been given to the Y as part of LIVESTRONG's effort to help people with cancer. The Wilton Y was one of 30 YMCAs around the country to receive the award.

“This award will directly impact our ability to support those in our community who are affected by cancer,” said Mary Ann Genuario, health & wellness director of the Wilton Family Y.

More than 200 hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations across the U.S. participated in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast, and the Wilton Family Y was among the finalists.

“LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a research-based program that offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The Wilton Y has worked with Norwalk Hospital and over 60 cancer surviors in a rehabilitative program. The survivors are given three months of free membership and five one-on-one sessions with a trained cancer care staff member. The LIVESTRONG grant will help the Y expand its services and add traning and other opportunities for the staff.

For more information about eligibility for the Wilton Family Y’s LIVESTRONG program, contact Genuario at 203-762-8384, ext. 282, or email her at magenuario@wiltonymca.org.

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