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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Uncategorized, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development | 0 comments

Staff Spotlight – Brad

Staff Spotlight – Brad

Brad Bushy is the Membership & Wellness Director at our South Y. Brad is from Spokane and attended the University of Idaho to study sports medicine and played rugby. His athletic ability does not stop there, Brad played competitive hockey from 8-16 years-old and even played in Europe! After college, he moved to Arizona and worked his way up to fitness club management. He met his wife, Rosalie, in Phoenix and they have 4 children.  He loves the relationships he builds by helping people with their fitness and health goals. Brad says “the gym is my temple to help nourish my mind, body, and soul. I believe it is an honor to work with an organization who takes pride in building a stronger community.” Well Brad, we think it’s an honor to work with you, too. If you see Brad say Hello! Favorite place in Spokane (other than the YMCA)? Browne’s Addition You can only listen to one musical artist for the rest of your life, who is it? Tech N9ne...

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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 | 0 comments

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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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 |

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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