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Hospital, YMCA partnership aims to help cancer patients combat fatigue

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Mary Ann Brown exercises with a group at the Thiesen YMCA in  Travelers Rest (FOX Carolina) Mary Ann Brown exercises with a group at the Thiesen YMCA in Travelers Rest (FOX Carolina)
Regular exercise is proving to help inflammation, often caused by cancer-related fatigue (FOX Carolina) Regular exercise is proving to help inflammation, often caused by cancer-related fatigue (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A new partnership between Greenville Health System and local YMCAs is helping cancer survivors get their strength back. 

The Wellness Works Exercise Navigator program pairs survivors of cancer with a personalized fitness program to help them combat the fatigue often associated with cancer. 

Mary Ann Brown, 65, of Marietta was diagnosed in 2013 with rectal cancer and was only given a year to live; but now, thanks to staying positive and exercising at her local YMCA, She says she's in remission and getting her groove back. 

Doctors say the program at GHS is targeted especially for cancer patients, because it's been proven that regular exercise can help reduce inflammation, often the cause of fatigue. 

"Cancer patients that go through this do better than those that don't," Brown told FOX Carolina News. 

"People who exercise more, feel better and have a better course with their illness," added Dr. Mark O'Rourke, Director of Oncology at GHS. 

The partnership program is available to all cancer patients and several of the local YMCA branches are participating.

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