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Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Social Responsibility, Teen, Uncategorized |

The YMCA Becomes Act Six Spokane Affiliate

The YMCA Becomes Act Six Spokane Affiliate

On July 1st, the YMCA welcomed Alyson Atwater and the Act Six Program to the Y. Act Six is a leadership and scholarship initiative providing full-tuition, full-need scholarships to Gonzaga and Whitworth, as well as training and support to the scholars throughout their college careers. Originally from Spokane, Alyson Atwater is a graduate of Henry Foss High School in Tacoma and Act Six alum from the fifth cadre at Whitworth University. She earned a double B.A. in Education and a Teaching Certificate in 2011. After graduation she worked as a substitute and with the Act Six program for a year and a half before she joined the YMCA team as the Act Six Program Supervisor. Alyson has a passion for working with youth and helping them reach their full potential. Act Six was a life changing experience for her and she wants to be able to share what she has learned with others. She now leads the recruitment, selection, training and support of Spokane scholars. Act Six is in...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Health and Wellness, Social Responsibility, Y Stories |

Y Story: Desiree Lancaster & Family

Y Story: Desiree Lancaster & Family

For Desiree Lancaster, the YWCA and YMCA have played different yet important roles in her life. During her toughest times, the YWCA was there for her. “I was married 8 years to an abusive man who beat me down verbally and physically.” Once her divorce and permanent protection order was finalized, she decided to work on healing herself and her 4 girls. “I started visiting the YMCA for TRX, Cycling and Zumba classes – I really enjoyed the classes but never really felt at home.” Then one day, Desiree noticed an instructor who was always so friendly to everyone – Wende Jones. “I watched her welcome everyone who attended her classes – it was so encouraging. All I can say is she is the spirit of what the YMCA’s mission is! Desiree started attending Wende’s Core Ball and Intense Pump classes, and quickly felt more at home. “She introduced me to many amazing women, and I now can call them family! We have monthly girls’ nights, we support each...

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Slider, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Zumba |

Our Y Story – The Cumbie Family

Our Y Story – The Cumbie Family

To the Cumbie family, the YMCA has been their salvation. At two years old, Jennifer and Brian’s oldest daughter Anna was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, just four weeks before her baby sister was to be born. Jennifer and her husband were hopeful when they learned her diagnosis was treatable, but were frightened at the idea of giving the physicians permission to start her on a 2½ year chemotherapy plan. Anna continued her chemo for over two years and finally completed her treatment in May of 2009 – Madeline was two at the time. Anna continued to go to the hospital for checkups every 8 weeks, and was nearing her first anniversary off treatment, when Madeline started getting sick. Jennifer and Brian knew right away that their youngest daughter had leukemia as well. She was officially diagnosed in April 2010 and was put on the same chemo plan as her older sister. Jennifer searched for a clean and safe environment for her family to spend time together – the...

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Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Aquatics, Health and Wellness, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Carole Ann Taylor

My Y Story – Carole Ann Taylor

  Carole first heard about the YMCA through her Physical Therapist; he mentioned she should attend daily. Carole than talked to her Family Physician about attending the YMCA, and he recommended applying to the National MS Society Wellness Program, through which Carole eventually set up a gym membership. When asked how the YMCA has strengthened her health and well-being, she responded by saying, “Mentally – having social interactions, and making friends without Multiple Sclerosis – I have especially enjoyed that very much… there is always opportunity for laughter, and this membership has provided me with community involvement that is so important to my emotional well-being… everyone at the Y is so friendly!” “Physically, my strength is so much better! I can now do way more with my whole body, and that is amazing to me. My coordination has improved, my balance is better. ‘Kissing carpet’ is always better than ‘kissing concrete’ and since attending the YMCA, I have not had a ‘kissing concrete’ moment in a long time… it...

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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living |

Heart Health For Women

Heart Health For Women

More than 500,000 women succumb to cardiovascular diseases each year, yet many women don’t recognize it as their #1 health risk. The Y’s committed to helping you live healthier and that means knowing your risks. Often heart disease is thought of as a problem for older men, when actually more women than men die of cardiovascular diseases each year.  And after menopause, women are twice as likely to develop heart disease. Warming signs of heart disease actually present very differently for women than men. The tell-tale sign of a heart attack is acute pain in the chest, yet sometimes this symptom can be subtle or absent, especially for women. Heart disease is most often caused by a thickening or hardening of the arteries, which men usually develop in the coronary arteries, presenting as chest pain. However, research shows that women often develop blockages in other areas, making it important to be aware of what may seem to be unrelated symptoms like neck or shoulder pain, shortness of breath, nausea, or...

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