Amanda Cherry and her team from Clarksville's YMCA, along with supporters from dozens of local organizations, recently gathered to celebrate members of YMCA's After Breast Cancer (ABC) program. It is a free program for survivors of breast cancer in which about 49 to 50 ladies participate each year.
“This is our 8th year for our fundraiser--Tickle Me Pink,” Cherry said. “We outgrew our first venue, so now we're at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, and this year we expected about 270 people. Q-108's Gretchen Cordy was our host, and survivors shared their stories. Staff from Sango Pharmacy shared some ways to make safer choices.”
“Our members receive personal training with a Pink Ribbon personal trainer,” Cherry said. “They meet in small groups to address the mental aspects of their spiritual healing. They do nutritional counseling, lymphedema education, and offer free wigs if they are needed.”.
“It's really about finding other survivors in the community and connecting with them. Our survivors love the community aspect of the program.”. Anyone interested in the program should call the YMCA and ask for information about the After Breast Cancer program.