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Stay Strong Cancer Survivorship Program

Recognizing that the cancer journey extends far beyond the treatment process for survivors and their loved ones, Horizon’s Saint John Regional Hospital created Stay Strong – a collaborative survivorship program. The unique and free 12-week exercise program delivered by the YMCA of Greater Saint John, combined with regularly scheduled workshops, supports people surviving cancer and their families, friends, and caregivers as they transition back to ‘regular’ life after cancer.


The leadership and generosity of Irving Oil and the Arthur L. Irving Family Foundation with their $2 million gift to Horizon's Stay Strong Program has established an endowment to help sustain this vital program. Join them in supporting cancer survivors in our community. Your gift gives future patients access to Stay Strong and will continue to broaden the service.

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Jennifer Frigault Cancer Survivor

"To me, it was like a new beginning, a second chance at health not just for the body but my mind as well. The treatment took care of the malignancy but Stay Strong was the beginning of healing for my soul. I am certain I would not have been able to return to a career I love as well as I felt, without it."

Sandra Irving Cancer Survivor and Major Donor

“To be well again is what every cancer survivor strives to be. Because no one can travel this journey alone, we thank the Stay Strong program for their meaningful support in helping patients get their lives back. We are inspired by the program’s kindness and caring vision for the future and the meaningful impact of holistic cancer care, and we are so proud to support this Cancer Survivorship program and every patient whose life it impacts in so many ways.”

Gina Spear-Burrows RN, Stay Strong Cancer Recovery Program

"I see myself as both a coach and a friend. I’ve been an oncology nurse most of my career, and until I came to the Stay Strong Program, I didn’t realize how we weren’t meeting the mental and emotional needs of our patients. This program not only helps them physically, to get their strength back from treatment, but it’s the support. This program becomes their family.”

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