“Back in 1973, as a newly divorced, single mom with a three-year-old son, I went to work full-time while also pursuing my degree at night. At the time, the Y was a lifesaver for us. I had comfort and confidence knowing my son was well cared for in the Y's child care and summer camp. It changed our lives in immensely positive ways. Recently, I lost both my beloved brother and my horse 'Destiny,' plus I tore my meniscus. I was in a bad place physically and emotionally. I needed healing, so, again, I turned to the Y. The staff is so friendly and welcoming-- they go above and beyond to support everyone, because they truly care about your well-being. Now, I'm healthy and active again. And, just as important, the staff makes me feel important ... I feel a sense of belonging. The Y has always been there for me; it is such a blessing."
— Bonnie, Member
"In 2014 I was diagnosed with a stage-3 brain tumor, just months after winning my 7th consecutive national age-division triathlon title. Following two successful five-hour surgeries, doctors discovered a second inoperable stage-4 brain tumor. Regular infusions and medications made training difficult. Thankfully a good friend referred my wife and me to the Y's cancer recovery program, LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. The caring staff and motivational support of other LIVESTRONG participants has been therapeutic. I've returned to swimming and running and seen improvements in my endurance and strength. I'm determined to beat cancer and repeat some of my past achievements while hopefully inspiring hope, in other cancer patients."
— Doug, Member
“In 2013, after 10 years of being severely overweight and taking high blood pressure and high cholesterol medications, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I realized I needed to commit to an active lifestyle, not just for myself, but for my family. I started by walking at the Y. I became friends with members and staff who encouraged me to try the Y’s group exercise classes, so I did. It changed everything! As my strength improved, I even began to enjoy running—so much so that I’ve completed the Hop 5K twice and a 10K. By 2014, my health was so improved my doctors took me off all my medications. To date I’ve lost 40 lbs. and successfully reversed my diabetes. I have so much energy—I take six classes a week. I’ve regained my life and my health, and I owe it all to the Y and the fantastic people I’ve met here.”
— Suresh, Member
“I am former police officer and FBI agent, so staying in shape was important. In 1981, I came to the Y to work out three to five times a week. The fitness classes were excellent, but what kept me coming back were the friendships. The same guys have been coming here for years and we have a ‘breakfast club’ that celebrates birthdays together. Our families have dinners. We motivate each other. At 71, I am able to climb stairs, do yardwork and if I get hurt, I bounce back because I stay fit. To me, the Y is not just a place to stay in shape it’s a family.”
— Ed, Member
"I have a black belt in karate and I am used to exercising. But with three kids, including a baby, it's hard to stay motivated. I needed to do something, so I came to the Y. I am here twice a day, and sometimes three times a day, taking cardio classes or spinning. If time allowed it, I'd be here more. When you challenge yourself, you discover what you can really accomplish. I began by wanting to lose weight, but I've realized how important it is to feel good and stay healthy. The instructors give me confidence and encourage me. I feel better and stronger. When you feel good, you can be a better person and you have more to give your family. And for that reason, I will keep coming to the Y."
“Exercising at the Y keeps me strong. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer, but 17 days after surgery I was back at the Y. My strength allowed the doctors to be aggressive with treatments, yet I never missed my fitness classes. I joined LIVESTRONG® to continue my recovery and it helped me physically, emotionally and mentally - what a gift. Then the Y gave my daughter an academic scholarship, relieving some of her school loan burden and allowing her to focus on studying. I thank the Y for its continuing commitment to families.”
“This past June, I signed up for a Fitness Assessment at the Y - it made all the difference for me. I’ve lost 46 lbs! I feel empowered. I am stronger. And I have more energy. The trainers inspired me with great advice and taught me to be realistic about my fitness goals. They set me up for success. There’s no place like the Y, everyone’s so friendly and the staff shares such positive energy. This experience has been life-changing. I couldn’t have done it without the Y.”
“A little over a year ago I had a stroke, lost mobility in my left side and was in a wheelchair. I was determined to get healthy again and after intensive rehabilitative therapy, I was able to walk with a cane. But, I wanted to get back on my bike! I went to the Y and learned about the Active Older Adults program. Although my doctor was skeptical, I convinced him to let me try the Y. Through the Strength & Balance, Tai Chi and Spinning classes I have regained much of my balance. Last summer I was able to achieve my goal -- to ride my bike outside. I attribute my recovery to the Y, and only wish I had become a member before my stroke.”