Research studies in pediatric oncology have shown a positive effect of physical activity on disease and treatment-related side effects. By making exercise a lifelong practice, cancer survivors can feel better and enhance the quality of their lives.
All CBCC patients, age 7-18, and their families are invited to participate in Survivor Challenge, a CBCC physical activity training program. Eight-week sessions of Survivor Challenge are offered twice a year (in the spring and fall) and culminate in a community 5K running event. Past participants report increased energy, learned important exercise safety and running skills, and feel stronger and physically fit.
We provide running shoes free of charge to all participants to ensure safety and proper running technique. CBCC physicians must give medical consent for patient participation.
YMCA of Austin
YMCA of Austin is a strong supporter of CBCC patients and their families. All families who complete a Survivor Challenge eight-week session receive a free three-month family membership at select Austin-area YMCA’s during the months Survivor Challenge doesn’t meet (June, July, August after spring training and November, December, January after fall training). In addition, four YMCA Austin locations (North Austin, Southwest Family, Springs Family and TownLake) offer “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA,” a fitness program for any adult 18 years or older who is living with or beyond cancer treatment.
- Diet and Physical Activity in Cancer Survivorship (pdf)
- YMCA Free/Low Cost Exercise Programs for Cancer Survivors (pdf)