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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Healthy Living, Membership, Social Responsibility, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development | 0 comments

Annual Campaign Celebration

Annual Campaign Celebration

Last night we hosted over 100 people at Hugo’s On the Hill to say thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers for working on the Annual Campaign. It was a night filled with friends, fun and food! YMCA of the Inland Northwest CEO Steve Tammaro gave a couple shout-outs to some of the best fundraisers including those that had the most donors, new donor money raised and overall money raised. Currently we are at 88% of our goal to help fund the most crucial programs for people in our community. To learn more about our Annual Campaign of if you would like to help us make our $500,000 goal, please...

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Camp Reed, My Y Story, School Age Care, Summer Camp, Teen, Y Stories, Y Stories, Youth Development, Youth Investment | 0 comments

My Y Story – Omid

My Y Story – Omid

A few years ago, Omid’s family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban. Initially, they escaped to Iran but were forced to flee again due to lack of work and school. They sought refuge in Turkey, but they were still not allowed the freedom to go to work or school. Eventually, the family was able to immigrate to the United States, settling in Spokane. With the help of the YMCA, Omid has been able to succeed in school while overcoming the hardships of being a refugee. Through a collaboration with World Relief, Camp Reed provided him with a full scholarship which allowed him to attend camp for a week of fun in the wilderness at Fan Lake. Omid wrote a letter about his Camp Reed experience. “Last year I had the chance to attend YMCA Camp Reed. Camp was one of my best weeks ever. I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. I liked my counselor, Corduroy, and my Junior Counselor, Mac. It was their first...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Dawn Frey

My Y Story – Dawn Frey

Dawn and her husband always maintained a healthy lifestyle and enjoyed cycling and running together. Neither of them smoked. In 2014, Dawn was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to undergo months of chemot herapy and radiation, and a surgery to remove a part of her lung and some lymph nodes. Once cancer-free and cleared for work, Dawn and her family wondered, “What do we do now?” Six weeks later, she was able to join a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class. Class became more than a workout. It became a vehicle for bonding her with other survivors. Her family watched her reclaim her strength, physically and spiritually. She developed strong relationships with her classmates, many of whom continue to volunteer with her for the YMCA. Today, Dawn is a certified Coach’s Assistant and Peer Mentor, serving other LIVESTRONG® cancer survivors. Dawn’s husband, David, feels a special, personal gratitude for the LIVESTRONG® program. Knowing his wife had access to the support from her classmates who all endured the struggles of cancer recovery alongside her,...

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Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Aquatics, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Valley YMCA, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Anita Coleman

My Y Story – Anita Coleman

At the Y, we strengthen community through healthy living because we believe that a community is  stronger when people have opportunities to improve their health and well-being. We work with people  to provide a nurturing environment in which you can develop skills and relationships for support in  meeting your goals. Take, for example, the story of Anita Coleman. A loving mother of four and grandmother of eight, Anita  has a passion for helping others. She has spent 13 years running her own massage business and often  spends time with her children and grandchildren. However, Anita had some struggles with her own  fitness, and spent many years overweight. At one point, she weighed 355 pounds and felt as though she couldn’t get up to enjoy her family or herself. That began to change four years ago when Anita’s insurance switched. Her new doctor recommended water aerobics, and feeling as though it would be the best way to help herself and others, she decided to join the Y. She had been...

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Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Aquatics, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Jonathan Hunt

My Y Story – Jonathan Hunt

Imagine waking up one day and having a fully functional set of legs, then a month later, after a gradual decline in physicality, being unable to move without the assistance of a walking aid? It’s hard to grasp something so terrible and perhaps even more difficult to remain positive about the future. Not only did Jonathan Hunt experience this situation, he refused to succumb to the devastating mental and physical anguish that accompanies such a horrific affair. In fact, he became unwavering in his attempt to be his old self again. Affecting only .02% of the population spastic paraparesis Jonathan could have called his walking career quits. However, that isn’t for what he stands. Doctor visit after doctor visit provided no real answers for him for some time, but Jonathan was determined to get his legs in working order again. Enter the YMCA. Hopeful and determined, he originally found his way into the nurturing care of Regan and the Central Y Aquatics therapy pool. With Regan’s assistance and the...

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