Our Impact - Perry

STORY OF IMPACT 

AT MY Y I BELONG

“Ground Zero … it was a life-altering experience for so many. Working at the site after the crash certainly changed my life, leaving me with many physical challenges. I had to stop working and my health suffered. 

I was referred to my YMCA by my doctor and given a very strange prescription, a prescription to the Y First Program. Three years ago, I completed the 12 week program and lost 30 pounds. More important than what I lost is what I gained. I discovered my YMCA was about more than just a means to lose weight. I made friends, increased my support system and had a sense of belonging. Becoming a member became a priority for me to continue on my path to physical and mental wellness. Unfortunately, I was facing financial hardship; my Y came through again and offered me assistance. Now I was a full member. Because of the experience of my Y’s generosity, when my mother passed away suddenly in 2014, I decided to give the small inheritance to my Y and become a member of the President’s Club.    

I wish neither of these life-changing events happened, but in both cases, I know some good has come from them.

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