This week the Downtown Y was proud to graduate it’s members of their LiveStrong program. As always, this was an exciting and emotional event. Here is a copy of the speech that Leslie Amant, our LiveStrong coordinator, gave at the graduation….
You made it!
The program may have ended but your journey to a healthier lifestyle has just begun. I feel like a proud mama who gave birth to all of you(w/o as much pain of course;)
To say that we at the Downtown Y are proud of you is an understatement. We are that and then some.
To say you are an inspiration is an understatement. You do that and then some.
You are survivors, athletes, role models, wives, sisters, siblings, parents, friends and …then some.
I’d like to take a minute to thank the LiveStrong Foundation. It proves that Lance started an amazing and impressive foundation and that it is not the voice of one man that resonates but rather it is the voice of millions of survivors, like you, that is heard the loudest. And I hope that holds true going forward for you and those in succeeding programs.
What we learned as time passed was that we were not the only trainers and coaches here. You all motivated each other and provided guidance. The 15 minute sharing time at the end of each night was just as important as the strength, endurance and balance training you received.
The collaborative effort was amazing to witness and we believe it helped many of you reach new goals, new levels of fitness but also we hope that it helped you become stronger through life’s struggles, helped alleviate some of the latent side effects and that it helped put you in a better frame of mind.
This class made you devote time to you and no one else…sans the guilt.
Cancer doesn’t define you its just something you have like brown eyes, or a small nose; but what you can now add to your list of attributes is more muscle, improved balance(some of you;) and a happier more satisfied you.
LiveStrong is a better program because of your participation. My world, Kristi’s world, Jason’s world and Wes’s world is a better place for knowing you.
Thank you for being you and surviving.
~Yours in health,
Leslie St. Amant