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Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, LIVESTRONG, My Y Story, Uncategorized, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Ashley Hughes

My Y Story – Ashley Hughes

Some Fights Shouldn’t Be Fought Alone There will always be points in our lives in which we find ourselves too weak to carry on and without the strength to reach our full potential. It is in these moments that we can rely on our community to give us the strength and support needed to make our dreams a reality. For Ashley Hughes, the source of her weakness was two years of intense cancer treatment, followed by nearly a decade of side affects, and eventually a shoulder replacement in 2012. The treatment that saved her life had also unfortunately deteriorated her joints. It was at this point that Ashley turned to the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for the support she so desperately needed. Here, she got her ‘strong’ back. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free rehabilitation program aimed at improving the quality of life for cancer survivors following the completion of their treatment. Through the work of certified instructors and trainers equipped with specialized training, participants are provided with customized...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Active Older Adults, LIVESTRONG, Membership, My Y Story, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Lauri Clark-Strait

My Y Story – Lauri Clark-Strait

  I have been involved with the YMCA since 1983 as a volunteer, camp staffer, program director and as a member. The Y has been an important part of my life for years. But 10 years ago, I went through breast cancer, and the Y became my lifeline. The encouragement from the staff, the care of the members, and the welcoming atmosphere were essential to my recovery. During that time, my husband, a disabled veteran, completely lost his ability to work. We were struggling financially and were going to haven to give up our Y membership. Thankfully, we learned about the Y’s Membership For All program. We were set up with a payment that we could afford comfortably until we were back on our feet. We now give each year to the Annual Campaign so that others may have their lives changed by the Y just as we have. Lauri is the 2016 Valley Branch Annual Campaign Chair and she also participated in the Valley Y Pedal For A Purpose...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Central YMCA, Impact In Action, Slider, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Phil Clapin

My Y Story – Phil Clapin

Every generation of my family has chosen to swear an oath to defend the country of their homeland. After hearing the heroic stories of my grandfather, a World War II Royal Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over France only to triumphantly return months later to England to be knighted by the Queen of England herself, I knew I wanted to follow in the family’s footsteps. If there was ever a role model to follow, he was it. Shortly after receiving my degree at Eastern Washington University, I made the decision to join the Air Force as an Air National Guardsman. The subsequent year after this decision was perhaps the most challenging yet greatest in my life; helping shape who I am today. Finding strength, undiscovered motivation and a greater appreciation for life, the military also instilled into me a pride I had not known that only comes with serving my country and state. Because of this, a day does not pass where I would not drop...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Camp Reed, Cardio, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, North YMCA, Partners For Youth, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Strength, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Teen, Togetherhood, Volunteer, Welcome, Y Stories, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment, Youth Sports |

Impact in Action – My Y Story: Quintin Horseman

Impact in Action – My Y Story: Quintin Horseman

Often times a person’s poor first impression can break a relationship before it even begins. Fortunately, this was not the case with Quintin Horseman and Seth Williams of the YMCA Youth Investment program.

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Aquatics, Camp Reed, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, North YMCA, Partners For Youth, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Teen, Togetherhood, Volunteer, Welcome, Y Stories, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Investment, Youth Sports |

Keeping Kids on Track

Keeping Kids on Track

When school ends, many children from low-income families lose access to resources important for positive development such as nutritious meals, adult supervision and activities that keep them engaged mentally.

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