Help us reach our goal of $10,000!
Please make a contribution in honor of Tina so we can make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors in our community through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.
Total Raised: $5,145 (3/06/2023)
Tina Leehr was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2009 when she was just 21 years old. Upon graduation from college, she returned home to North Carolina to begin treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation. Between her pain and the side effects of her treatments, Tina was relegated to her bed most days.
After finishing her first round of treatments, Tina was physically weak and emotionally weathered. Luckily, she found the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. While LIVESTRONG helped to strengthen her body, perhaps the most important benefit of the program was the connection with other cancer survivors. Tina found a group of people that could relate to her experience, when most of her peers could not. LIVESTRONG restored a sense of hope in Tina – that she could have a bright future in spite of her cancer.
In the years after LIVESTRONG, Tina would find herself ice climbing in Colorado, swimming with dolphins in Florida, dog sledding in Alaska, pursuing a masters degree in Washington, D.C., and traveling around the world.
Sadly, Tina lost her battle with cancer three years ago, on February 12, 2020. To honor Tina's life, Gretchen Leehr and Matt Krawczyk are raising money for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to help cancer patients and survivors, like Tina, receive the life-changing benefits of the program at no cost. Donations will benefit the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County, where Matt serves as a board member.
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About LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
In 2008, the YMCA partnered with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Learn More >
Since 2017, the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County has impacted over 326 local cancer survivors through LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Your support can help make a difference in the lives of those facing cancer as they seek to reclaim their health at the Y.
Together, we can change lives. Your donation of:
- $100 helps participants celebrate their personal achievements, connections, progress, and determination through a meaningful graduation ceremony
- $250 allows one cancer survivor to make lasting connections and reclaim their health in the 12-week program
- $500 supports the cost of one cancer survivor to reclaim their health and includes their three month household membership
- $1,000 trains and certifies two instructors to lead the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program at the YMCA of Greater Waukesha CountY
YMCA OF GREATER WAUKESHA COUNTY
3610 Michelle Witmer Memorial Drive, Suite 100
New Berlin, WI 53151
Katrina Weinberg, Association Director of Financial Development