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My Y Story – Adam

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

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...

My Y Story – Deneice

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 |

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...

2017 Annual Meeting

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Healthy Living, Social Responsibility, Staff, Volunteer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Sports |

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Annual Meeting at the Lincoln Center this week! While at the meeting we reviewed the 2016 Annual Report, recognized our Community Partner Award Winner, Washington Trust Bank, and highlighted staff and volunteer award winners. Below are some photos from a fun morning that featured wonderful people making a difference in the Spokane...

Staff Spotlight – Brad

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

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...

My Y Story – Carole

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 |

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...

My Y Story – Julie Kubat

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 |

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...