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Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Joan

My Y Story – Joan

Joan knew something was off, she just didn’t know what. After almost two years of hospital visits and possible explanations, doctors finally found the answer; Hairy Cell Leukemia. The rare cancer put her in the hospital for more than two long months while she underwent chemotherapy. The heavy doses of medication and other treatments left her in the worst shape of her life. One day during Joan’s recovery, her daughter went to the North Y for a workout while home from college, and Joan decided to tag along. After about 10 minutes on the treadmill she knew she had to do something different. Looking to turn her physical state around, she was determined to come as often as she could. “I just decided to start coming [to the Y] again. I felt better the more I moved. I didn’t have any grandiose goals or anything, this wasn’t to lose weight, this was just to feel better.” Gradually, she worked herself up to coming to the Y for two hours...

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

Staff Spotlight – Reba

Staff Spotlight – Reba

Reba Campbell is a Wellness Coach at the Central Spokane YMCA. Her YMCA journey begins in Dillon, Montana, where as a teenager she would go daily to the local Y to work out and connect with her community. Reba credits the wellness coaches with inspiring her passion of building relationships with people and helping others, “those wellness coaches made a huge impact on my life.” Reba wasted no time giving back, at age 15 she became a lifeguard at the Y, then worked her way up to lead guard, water exercise instructor, group exercise instructor and now wellness coach. Through her time in Spokane she has worked at the North, Valley and Central YMCAs. Although she has progressed quickly, Reba isn’t looking to go anywhere else, “my dream was to be a wellness coach and an instructor at the Y.” She says the relationships she makes with members keeps her coming back everyday and seeing a person overcome their fears and reach their goals is the best part of her job. Throughout her time working...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Uncategorized, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Terri

My Y Story – Terri

Terri’s lifestyle had gotten in the way of her well-being but it wasn’t for lack of trying. She had tried numerous fad diets with short term luck, but never with lasting change. After a visit with her doctor, Terri was told she needed to try something new. Joining the YMCA was the jumpstart she needed. What began as hopping on the treadmill and elliptical a few times a week, turned into a passion. After discovering numerous exercise classes, Terri found she was reenergized, feeling better and taking on more physical challenges. She challenged her daughters to join her for Bloomsday. But she didn’t stop there. With the support of her husband, daughters and grandchildren, Terri has completed 3 additional local 5K runs with plans for more on the horizon. One of the most motivating factors for making changes are her grandchildren, “I’ll have 22 grandkids in February, I want to be able to play with them and do lots of things I couldn’t do before,” Terri said.   She...

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Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Dennis

My Y Story – Dennis

Fourteen months ago Dennis was in the third and final stages of an incurable cancer. He endured six months of radiation and chemotherapy to put his cancer briefly in remission. Then, Dennis fell. What would have been a minor spill resulted in an explosive burst fracture of his spine and an eight-hour surgery to repair his shattered body. Cancer had left him broken and alone. Dennis had no access to physical support or emotional support and no community where he could belong. Worst, he struggled to feel self-worth with no ability to contribute to society. During recovery, his physical therapist suggested he check out the YMCA for help. Dennis took a tour of the Y, and was told about LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA. “I found what was missing in my life thanks to LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.” With access to excellent facilities and trainers, his balance and strength drastically increased. Dennis was no longer alone – he had a whole class of people who have been through the same...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Teen, Uncategorized, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

Youth & Community Leader Forum 2017

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Youth & Community Leader Forum at the Lincoln Center! It was a great night for our local teens to get inspired, take action and make changes in their community. Kristen Hadeed was an excellent keynote speaker and we were so lucky to have her! A huge thank you to our sponsors Numerica Credit Union, Whitworth University & Shopko for sponsoring the event to make sure every youth member was able to attend for...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Healthy Kids Day 2017

Healthy Kids Day 2017

Thank you to all of the families that joined us last Friday for Healthy Kids Day. We served over 600 kids as a part of our free event to kick-start a healthy and active summer. Special thanks to our local sponsors: Premera Blue Cross, BECU, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Kasier Permanente.  ...

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