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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 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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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Deneice

My Y Story – Deneice

Deneice came back to the Y about a year ago after trying out other gyms in the area. She realized how much she loved the community environment of the YMCA. She started taking aquatics classes but after surviving cancer she decided to switch to the Silver Sneaker program because now she has to “wear her hair.”  Deneice was impressed by the professional and caring YMCA instructors and how they deliver workouts that cater to seniors at all levels of fitness.   Not only does Deneice love the classes and instructors she has also enjoyed making new friends.  She remarked that she has met many people on the wellness floor of all ages and likes the fact that age does not create barriers. Deneice recognizes that the YMCA is different than other gyms because she feels the Y really cares about relationships, quality programs, and helping the community....

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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 |

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 |

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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