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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 24, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Staff, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Staff Spotlight – Deborah

Staff Spotlight – Deborah

Staff Spotlight – Deborah MacDonald Staff Award – Member Champion Deborah MacDonald is the Health & Wellness Director at the North Y. She has been with the YMCA for over 12 years and started her career with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, MI as a group exercise instructor. Deborah said she has always loved fitness and being healthy, and a friend who worked for the YMCA suggested she consider becoming an instructor. The YMCA has given Deborah many opportunities along the way—from becoming a faculty trainer in 3 different classes, to a lifestyle coach and facilitating classes for LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA and Diabetes Prevention Programs. It all helped broaden her knowledge of what it means to be a part of the community and has taught her many lessons in becoming a better trainer, better instructor and a better supervisor. Deborah said she is constantly learning, and seeking out new opportunities to connect and engage people at the Y as well as outside of the YMCA. Deborah loves the arts and her college major was...

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Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Healthy Living, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

My Y Story – Adam

My Y Story – Adam

At just 19 Adam got a wake-up call that changed his life. His doctor shared that due to his current lifestyle, he was at high risk for developing diabetes. “It really scared me!” he said because just 3 years earlier when he was 16, his father passed away due to diabetes. “His blood sugars were too high and it killed him…I didn’t want it killing me.” At that moment Adam decided to make a change by controlling his food portions and working out at the YMCA 5-6 times a week. After almost two years of focused dedication, Adam has lost 108 pounds and is no longer at a high risk for diabetes. He enjoys coming to the Y to work out because the staff are so encouraging and are always there to help. Adam found a place that would be supportive and helpful where he could achieve his health goals. He loves being an example for others who may be in the same situation he was in to show...

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