Our survivorship programs are all-inclusive, so we invite everyone from newly diagnosed cancer patients to those anywhere in their cancer journey, as well as their supporters, caregivers, and the community to participate.

Patients and physicians know that strengthening one’s mind, body and spirit plays an essential role in cancer treatment. Our survivorship program offers a wide variety of evidence-based programs. The programs are led by medical staff and certified instructors, and they include indoor cycling, yoga, small group personal training, Tai Chi, individual coaching, pole walking, and meditation.

All cancer programs and classes are free to YMCA members. Cancer patients and survivors may receive a 12-week YMCA scholarship or MercyOne Health and Fitness Scholarship after a Doctor referral. For more information, call 515-669-9879 or email mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org. Medical referrals can be faxed to 515-635-1286

Covid Policy Update: The Above + Beyond Cancer Board of Directors unanimously agreed that all individuals who teach or lead Above + Beyond Cancer directed Optimal Living Programs must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The Board of Directors also unanimously voted that all participants in Above + Beyond Cancer Optimal Living Programs, that are held in-person, also must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. These vaccine requirements include all programs that are in-person, including inside and outside programs.

In accordance with the law of the state of Iowa, employees, contractors and program participants may seek a waiver from this policy for religious or health reasons.  If you desire to seek a waiver from Above + Beyond Cancer’s COVID-19 vaccination request, please send your confidential medical or religious waiver request to the Above + Beyond Cancer Executive Director Christopher Goodale at chris@aboveandbeyondcancer.org. Participants who are unvaccinated, we strongly suggest wearing a mask while attending in- person activities.

Thanks to the Reichardt Family Foundation and their generous sponsorship of the Optimal Living Programs.

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About the Classes

Total Training Fitness: Small Group Personal Training for Survivors

Cardio + Weight Resistance + Balance + Yoga + Goal Setting + Individualized Training

  • Fridays 11:45 am – 12:45 PM @ Wellmark YMCA

Class is also offered virtually through facebook live. Contact mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org  to sign up today! Registration required.

Mindfulness Cafe

Cultivate: Emotional + Physical + Spiritual Health + Patience / Reduce: Stress + Anxiety + Pain

Sitting Meditation

Cultivate: Emotional + Physical + Spiritual Health + Patience / Reduce: Stress + Anxiety + Pain

  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm at Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Avenue Des Moines, open to all.


Promote: Peace + Healing + Mindfulness

Cycling led by Dr. Dick Deming

Improve: Heart + Strength + Endurance / Share: Laughs + Friendship

  • Wednesdays 6:45 – 7:30 PM at the MercyOne Health and Fitness Center in Clive, open to all.

Cancer Education Series

Boost: Immunity + Confidence + Hope + Recovery / Manage: Treatment Side Effects

  • Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the MercyOne Health and Fitness Center in Clive, open to all.  Also available via youtube

Aquatics to Restore Health

Build: Strength + Balance + Flexibility / Recover: Stamina + Energy

  • New dates and Times in Progress @ the Waukee YMCA.  This class is open to all YMCA members


Improve Joint: Health + Mobility + Longevity / Learn: Injury Mitigation + Mindfulness

  • Tuesdays Noon – 1:00 pm at the Wellmark YMCA, Class is open for all, registration is required mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org

Healing Yoga

Boost: Immunity + Confidence + Hope + Recovery / Manage: Treatment Side Effects

Urban Pole Walking

Enhance: Strength + Balance + Mobility + Endurance / Reduce: Falling + Pain

  • Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 pm at Water Works Park, open for all
  • Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm at MercyOne Health and Fitness Center, open for all

Walk With Ease

Increase: Strength + Balance + Walking Pace / Decrease: Pain + Stiffness + Fatigue

Self-directed with a guidebook with a health coach, open for all. To get started anytime call 515-635-1285. Click Here to learn more.

Tai Chi For Fall Prevention

Increase: Strength + Balance / Reduce: Fear + Falling

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 am at MercyOne Health and Fitness, Class is open for all
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00 pm virtually. Class is open for all email becky.robel@outlook.com to enroll

Recovery and Beyond

Improve: Strength + Balance + Energy / Manage: Treatment Side Effects

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays  Noon to 1:00 pm at the Waukee YMCA. Class is open for all.

Individualized Wellness Coaching

Meet with a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer to set fitness and nutrition goals. A fitness plan will be designed to meet individuals’ needs. Appointments can be done virtual, at-home visits, or in a facility.

To schedule an appointment, contact Mary Van Heukelom at mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org or call (515) 669-9879

Scholarships are available!

Cancer Survivors may receive a 3 month scholarship to the our partnering YMCA’s in the Des Moines metro area or to MercyOne Health and Fitness in Clive, IA.

Contact Mary Van Heukelom at mary@aboveandbeyondcancer.org or call (515) 669-9879 to get enrolled.