The YMCA is impacting lives all across the Spokane area, and we want to hear what the Y means to you. Reach a personal milestone? Did your child conquer their fear of the water? Whatever it may be, big or small, please share your story with us! Stories will not be shared without permission.
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Years ago, George was visiting his eye doctor when he got the news he had always feared but knew would eventually come. He was going blind. Damage suffered while serving in the military in Vietnam compounded by a diabetes diagnosis meant George would be completely losing his sight soon. His optometrist told him he’d have […]
Life for a middle schooler is rarely easy. Pressures from family, friends, school and beyond pull young teens in every direction. Fourteen-year-old Max of Mountainside Middle School is no different. He and other teens from across Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are finding ways to connect, express themselves and deal with all the trials and tribulations […]
“A perfect fit.” That’s how Candy describes her role as host at the Central Spokane YMCA. After retiring from a fast-paced life of working in management, Candy was looking for something to keep her engaged in the community and active. While applying for a job at the Y she mentioned she was a morning person […]
After nearly drowning when she was just 13 years old, Kathy has lived in fear of water, an anxiety that has surrounded her for almost 52 years. The incident happened at a lake while away at camp. She and her friend would go out to a floating dock to play and Kathy could manage to […]
Tracy will be honest, many years ago she didn’t find much value in doing yoga, “I’m a high energy person, I was teaching 15 classes a week and going hard with high-intensity workouts. I thought yoga was a joke.” That was 36 years ago. Now Tracy teaches multiple classes of yoga at the South Spokane […]
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 […]
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 […]
I have been involved with the YMCA since 1983 as a volunteer, camp staffer, program director and as a member. The Y has been an important part of my life for years. But 10 years ago, I went through breast cancer, and the Spokane Valley YMCA became my lifeline. The encouragement from the staff, the […]
It’s one of the most important tools in her toolkit. That’s the way Krystianna describes the North YMCA and its role in helping her navigate life as a new mother. The Mead-area native says she comes to the Y, not to work out, but to have some quiet time to focus on all the things […]
Update: Gabby was elected student governor of the YMCA Youth and Government program for the state of Washington. You can read all about her amazing achievement here. I was born in Southern China, and when I was a baby, I was found in a box on a sidewalk, wrapped in a black leather jacket. Someone took me […]
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 […]