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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 | 0 comments

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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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Deneice

My Y Story – Deneice

Deneice came back to the Y about a year ago after trying out other gyms in the area. She realized how much she loved the community environment of the YMCA. She started taking aquatics classes but after surviving cancer she decided to switch to the Silver Sneaker program because now she has to “wear her hair.”  Deneice was impressed by the professional and caring YMCA instructors and how they deliver workouts that cater to seniors at all levels of fitness.   Not only does Deneice love the classes and instructors she has also enjoyed making new friends.  She remarked that she has met many people on the wellness floor of all ages and likes the fact that age does not create barriers. Deneice recognizes that the YMCA is different than other gyms because she feels the Y really cares about relationships, quality programs, and helping the community....

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Active Older Adults, Aquatics, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Carole

My Y Story – Carole

Carole first heard about the YMCA through her physical therapist; he suggested she attend daily. After consulting with her family physician, she joined the Y through the National MS Society. She has enjoyed making friends and being out in the community. “There is always opportunity for laughter, and this membership has provided me with community involvement that is so important to my emotional well-being,” she said. She enjoys a number of our group exercise and aquatics classes and credits the YMCA’s staff with helping her every step of the way. With improved coordination and better balance she hasn’t had a “kissing concrete” moment in a long time. As a result of her Y activity, she has also been able to reduce some of the effects MS has had on her body. “To me, the Y has been a huge help with my self-esteem, and allows me to broaden my social circle. It has been a complete blessing in my life” Carole...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Julie Kubat

My Y Story – Julie Kubat

Julie learned to hate crowds, rules, and closed-in spaces due to her war-torn childhood. Born in a Japanese-occupied island prison during World War II, she has overcome struggles that only few could relate. After finding a career in education, she enjoyed outdoor recreational activities with friends and kept busy with her church. Suddenly, her husband fell terribly ill and could no longer care for himself. With no local family, Julie was the sole caregiver to her sick spouse. She eventually withdrew from society completely, as both she and her husband became isolated in utter despair. The stress of tending to his mental, emotional, and physical devastation all alone became unbearable. A close friend noticed the toll Julie’s situation was taking on her mental and physical health, and begged Julie to join her at the YMCA for some relief. Julie connected with YMCA staff and discovered she could afford an income-based membership through the Membership For All Program. Julie found a new home at the Y. She is now linked...

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