The After Breast Cancer Program with the YMCA

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This year alone nearly one in eight of our neighbors will face a breast cancer diagnosis, and nearly 300 of them will turn to the YMCA for support during or following treatment. Thanks to the Y's After Breast Cancer (ABC) program, which launched in Rutherford County seven years ago, local survivors are able to get the specialized wellness and nutrition guidance they need on their road to recovery - and some of them will soon take to the runway to celebrate being a survivor.

Over 650 women have been helped by the ABC program since it became part of the Rutherford YMCA's community support services. Since the closing of the YMCA building, Murfreesboro Community Programs is continuing to work in the community through Youth Sports/Camps, ABC, ABC Wig Bank, and Small Group Ministry.

On Tuesday Oct. 1, more than 40 survivors will model the latest fall fashions from Dillard's at the Murfreesboro Community Program's ABC Heroes in Heels fashion show held at New Vision Baptist Church. This event is made possible thanks to generous sponsors and community donations with special thanks to this year's title sponsor Old Time Pottery.

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The event seeks to increase awareness and support of the Y's efforts to meet the targeted health needs of people in the community. ABC is a part of those efforts and helps survivors regain strength and range of motion following cancer treatment. Since the program launched at the Cool Springs YMCA 15 years ago, its reach has grown to serve survivors in five Middle Tennessee counties. ABC is also offered at the Bellevue, Clarksville, Maryland Farms, Green Hills and Robertson County YMCAs and is open to both Y members and non-members. Participants receive 16-weeks with a customized exercise plan developed by a Pink Ribbon Certified personal trainer, nutrition counseling with a registered dietician, lymphedema education and screening plus the support and encouragement of fellow breast cancer survivors all for FREE. The program truly emphasizes growth in spirit, mind and body through intentional building of community via curriculum-based small group counseling and fitness experiences. We are proud to have served over 2400 survivors in our Middle Tennessee community over the last 15 years.

The community can support and cheer on our local survivors by attending the upcoming fashion show. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 in advance, $25 at the door on the day of the event. Children under 12 are FREE. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

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