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Brandywine YMCA launches fitness and wellness program helping kids in their battle with cancer – FOX 29 News Philadelphia

Brandywine YMCA launches fitness and wellness program helping kids in their battle with cancer

FOX 29's Joyce Evans has more on the fitness program that is helping kids in their battle with cancer.

WILMINGTON, Del. - A group of local kids are being brought together at the Brandywine YMCA for a fitnessand wellness program to help them in their cancer battle.

"We can just see the cohesion with these kids. They're all from different schools, different neighborhoods in north Wilmington," program director Terri Borkland told FOX 29.

What they do have in common is cancer. Some kids are either in the heat of their battle orjust coming back from a hard fight with it. One of their parents had approached program director Borkland about having a kids version of the LIVESTRONGprogram for adult cancer patients and survivors.

It had to be super fun to keep the kids interestedand effective enough to motive enough parents to bring kids ages 11-17, twice a week for 12, 90-minute non-stop physical and mental exercise sessions.

"IfI'm in gym class at school and Ihave a hard time doing something, people at school don't get it, but all these people they get it," Kara Kelly explained

Kelly, 16, was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 4 and beat it.

"It's such a blessingto focus on wellness after so long just focusing on survival," her mom explained.

A name for the program is still undecided.The YMCAlooks forward to hopefully a new, larger group in spring. Familiesdon't have to be members of the YMCA to participate in the free program.

The YMCA is looking for donors and sponsors. Donations can be sent to theBrandywine YMCA, c/o the Pediatric Exercise Program: 3 Mt Lebanon Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803.

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