I have been working at the West Suburban YMCA for quite some time and have seen first-hand all of the wonderful opportunities that the Y gives to our community. Keeping our community great is a full-time job. Every day, we face new challenges that create a greater need for the work we do. We need your help to do it!
One of the programs that has impacted me most recently is our LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program. This program is mainly funded by the generosity of our donors. This twelve week physical activity and well-being program is designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals. It is a FREE program for the survivors and their families which is made possible due to donations to our annual fund. This a place for survivors to regain strength, endurance, flexibility and to develop lifelong friendships.
"I am so thankful to be a part of this LiveSTRONG at the YMCA class! These last few weeks have been such a blessing! I am 4 years cancer free and this is the best I have felt in those 4 years. I am a former Division 1 athlete, Iron Man triathlete, marathon runner, and since I was diagnosed with cancer I have had so little energy and felt so weak, that even though I wanted to get stronger I never thought it would be possible. I thought I was going to have to accept a new normal or having very low energy. But after these past few weeks, having trainers and classmates who believe in you, encourage you, push you, and guide you, I now feel the strongest I have felt in four years! I have excitement to even sign up for a run again! One of my favorite parts of this class has been getting to know the others in our class and getting to hear their stories! As we have had chances to share our stories, pains, struggles, hopes, fears, joys, dreams... I have felt like we have become a special family, a TEAM. I love getting to see everyone each class and have made some neat friendships that will continue even when this class is over. I love getting to encourage and be encouraged by each other as we work out and strengthen our bodies, each as best we can, in our own time! Since starting this class I truly can not adequately share what a difference I have felt in my strength, energy, and health! I am so thankful for the people who have funded this program to make it possible! I look forward to volunteering or helping in any way I can to see this program continue and bless others who are walking through or have walked through cancer!" ~West Suburban YMCA LiveSTRONG at the YMCA participant
By supporting The Y's Annual Campaign, you are making it possible for hundreds of survivors, children, seniors, families and individuals to reach their fullest potential! Please consider making a donation today. Every amount matters. "Giving is not just about making a donation. It's about making a difference." ~Kathy Calvin