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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 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 May 10, 2016 in Aquatics, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Jonathan Hunt

My Y Story – Jonathan Hunt

Imagine waking up one day and having a fully functional set of legs, then a month later, after a gradual decline in physicality, being unable to move without the assistance of a walking aid? It’s hard to grasp something so terrible and perhaps even more difficult to remain positive about the future. Not only did Jonathan Hunt experience this situation, he refused to succumb to the devastating mental and physical anguish that accompanies such a horrific affair. In fact, he became unwavering in his attempt to be his old self again. Affecting only .02% of the population spastic paraparesis Jonathan could have called his walking career quits. However, that isn’t for what he stands. Doctor visit after doctor visit provided no real answers for him for some time, but Jonathan was determined to get his legs in working order again. Enter the YMCA. Hopeful and determined, he originally found his way into the nurturing care of Regan and the Central Y Aquatics therapy pool. With Regan’s assistance and the...

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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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