YMCA Invites People To Walk & Fight Cancer

EDISON — Each year, more than 400 walkers and runners participate in the annual Janice Garbolino Memorial 5K event, walking or running in memory of Janice Garbolino, the former Health & Wellness Director of the Metuchen Branch YMCA, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2002.

The event will take place at Roosevelt Park in Edison on Saturday, Sept. 21. Registration will be accepted in advance at the branches of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy and online through midnight on Thursday, Sept. 19. After Sept.19, participants can register the morning of the event, from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. at Lakeview School in Roosevelt Park (the location of the start and finish of the 5K). The run/walk will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Fees are $25 per person until Sept. 19 and $30 per person on the day of the event.

The Y is asking participants to get involved by not only walking or running in memory or in honor of a loved one, but by raising funds in support of the program. Participants can set up a personal fundraising page and set a personal or team fundraising goal by visiting the YMCA’s website (www.ymcaofmewsa.org) and clicking on the Garbolino 5K Event link.


Since 2009, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has offered the free LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA Program. More than 400 people have benefited from this life-changing program as they traveled on their journey back to health and wellness. LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA is a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG™ at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.

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