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Published December 01, 2009, 09:02 AM

Local YMCA takes part in Lance Armstrong's Live-Strong project

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is a fitness program like no other. The local YMCA is one of just one of ten Y's around the country selected to take part in Lance Armstrong's Live-Strong project. Those just recovering from cancer treatment are getting a much needed boost.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It is a fitness program like no other. The local YMCA is one of just one of ten Y's around the country selected to take part in Lance Armstrong's Live-Strong project. Those just recovering from cancer treatment are getting a much needed boost.

This is what people think of when they hear Superfrog. Moorhead's Butch Anton, scuba diver, instructor, a physique and attitude you didn't want to mess with. This is Butch today, getting back into shape after a nasty battle with throat cancer this past year.

“I lost all of that pecs, biceps, and triceps all gone.”

Butch along with his wife Sandy are taking part in the new program called Live Strong at the Y. Right now 12-people who recently went thru treatment are coming here to get back into shape.

“I couldn't even rake the leaves at the lake this fall I was so weak.”

For Butch's wife Sandy, it has been just as positive. She too has noticed a huge difference in her husband. Not just gains physically.

“After doing this we know we can finally get back to a normal life and feel good about each other again.”

“Makes me feel good that I am coming back to where I used to be.”

Those in the program get a 12-week free pass to the Y while taking part in the program. For the YMCA, being one of ten nationwide with the program has already been rewarding.

“And it is an incredible programs one of the coolest programs we've had because it does make a difference in the live of people we are dealing with.”

Another group of adults will start another round of workouts soon and eventually it is hoped there will be a program for teens battling cancer. People wanting to take part in the Live Strong program are asked to contact the YMCA downtown branch.

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