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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 Nov 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, North YMCA, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

Our family loves going to the YMCA! Being so far away from a military base, the YMCA has been a great place for us to not only exercise, but to spend time together having fun. From swimming in the amazing kid friendly pools, to challenging each other in air hockey, or even a basketball shoot off, our family always enjoys our time at the Y. My 4-year-old, Ryan, looks forward to his child care time so much that he keeps me on track to go in and exercise three days a week. He even calls it his “school time” because they always have great activities like crafts, coloring and learning their alphabet, numbers and shapes, and of course, outdoor fun time. The ladies in the North YMCA Child Care Center are absolutely wonderful. I’m so grateful that the YMCA provides such a safe, fun environment for my littlest man to participate in while I focus on my own health and fitness goals. My 7-year-old, Zachary, learned how to swim...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Valley YMCA, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

At the Y, we strengthen com unity through youth development, healthy living, and social    responsibility because we believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving  our community’s health and well being, giving back, and providing support for our neighbors That’s what Jason Dixon, a proud father of four and track and field coach at Gonzaga Prep,    found out when he joined the Y in June of 2016. Jason grew up in Spokane and started  education at SCC, throwing in Track and Field events. He later transferred to the University of  Alabama. Since 5th grade, Jason has had a passion for sports, particularly throwing. He has competed  in  shot-put and discus, and set a Freshman GSL record for discus in 2009. He even won a  state  championship in shot-put! In 2012, Jason went to the Olympic Trials and took 21st place for discus. Since he was a kid, he  has always wanted to make it to the Olympics someday, and at the Y, we are...

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Aquatics, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, Sports and Recreation, Uncategorized |

Y Swimmer Wins Gold in Rio

Y Swimmer Wins Gold in Rio

Springfield, Illinois- Springfield is cheering on one of its very own in the Rio Olympics. 21-year old Ryan Held was overcome with emotion when he took home the Gold medal on Sunday alongside teammate Michael Phelps. Held got his competitive start with the YMCA in Springfield, Illinois. Ryan competed in Sunday’s men’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay and his  family and friends all came together to watch. Held supporters gathered at the Kerasotes YMCA to cheer on the Springfield native. Held’s friends say watching his swimming career blossom from high school competitions to a world-wide event is exciting to share with the community. “Go Ryan. Go USA. It’s exciting. Eight days of racing and we’re watching every night. It’s a lot of fun and even more fun having Springfield’s own doing it,” said Alex Totura, competitive aquatics director. His family and friends say they expect him to accomplish much more in his swimming career. Story by WICS News Team – News Channel 20, Springfield – Decateur – Champaign Full...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Cardio, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Strength, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

The Y – so much more than a gym

The Y – so much more than a gym

The YMCA has a unique view of health. We strive to develop holistic health, focusing on the improvement of mind, body, and spirit; each is just as important as the other. We believe that the development of this kind of health is best fostered when within a community that shares the same values. It is because of members like Cheryl McHenry, a Y member for the past 16 years, a proud grandmother, and a consistent donor to the Y’s Annual Campaign, that the YMCA community is unlike any other of it’s kind. A regular at the Valley YMCA, she enjoys exercising with members that have the same genuine desire to be healthy and fit. But the value she places on physical fitness is only a part of what motivates her to exercise. Diabetes and Cardiac disease are present in her family, and she hopes to set an example for her granddaughters to live a healthy lifestyle. Cheryl’s greatest motivator is her orientation toward improving the future of our youth....

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Cardio, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story |

My Y Story – Jody Sander

My Y Story – Jody Sander

Every member of the YMCA community encounters the Y at various points in their lives. Often times, individuals seek out the Y when they are faced with adversities they can’t overcome alone. For Jody Sander, it was her drive and perseverance to make a serious lifestyle change that ultimately resulted in her losing a total of 85lbs in just the past year and a half. Although Jody is now a regular at the YMCA, she found the Y at the end of her journey. She found the Y when she needed it the most. Jody’s story started in October of 2015 when she made a pact with her friends to walk the Leavenworth Half Marathon a year later. It was setting this goal for herself that symbolized her decision to make the dramatic change that would leave her in a healthier and happier place. Coping with the disconnect between feeling active and healthy while still being obese was one of the hardest obstacles Jody needed to overcome. Once she...

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