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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 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 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 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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