The YMCA is known to many as a fitness facitlity for you and your family but they offer many other great programs beyond that.
Mara Roberts is the YMCA’s Vice-President of Mission Advancement and she says that the community has helped in many differnet ways and because of the efforts of the community, members like “The Golden Girls” have been able to take advantage of their Cancer Survivor Program.
“We are more than a swim and a gym at the Y and we do great chairtable work,” she said. “And we need your dontations to support great programs,” she added.
“The Golden Girls” are members who met through the Y Cancer Survivor Program. Ethel Dell’Aquilla, Pat Howe and Eileen Rosencrants are all cancer survivors and have connected through fitness classes led by Coach Gina Rohde.
Ethel DellAquilla says she joined the Y based on the advice of a church friend. When she first began she says she could barely walk through the doors. Today, she tells a different story. “The program has helped her immensely,” she said. “The Y has given me my life back becuase Cancer stops your life and puts you on hold. It’s been rough but I’m getting there.”
“The Golden Girls” have since stayed together through various programs at the YMCA and they help to make others more comfortable too.
Pat Howe says the best part about the Y is that you know you’re not alone. “After you’re diagnosed with Cancer you’re afraid but you look around you in class and you’re no longer afraid.”
To help support programs like this visit to the YMCA through their annual fundraising campaign running through April 26. You can do so online at YCNY.org for more.