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April: Donate Life Month

April: Donate Life Month Kelly, Former YMCA of Broome County Lifeguard/Water Fitness Instructor,  Now A Kidney Transplant Coordinator   My eyes have been opened to the true gift of life, organ donation. On March 23, 2017, I started my dream job as a Kidney Transplant Coordinator at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center. I work

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World Cancer Day February 4th

Harlan’s Livestrong Story My name is Harlan. I am a colon cancer survivor.  My surgery and the 6 months of chemo treatments that followed, left me very weak.  I attempted exercising on my own, without much success.  Then, my wife saw a Livestrong brochure at the YMCA of Broome County. We read that this free

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Debi’s 2017 Wellness Goal Gives Momentum for 2018!

Another January! Many people welcome the opportunity to push an annual reset button at the beginning of the New Year. They make resolutions and set goals for personal change and improvement. It takes real commitment to keep them for 12 months.   YMCA member, Debi, set a 2017 wellness goal at the end of 2016

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Part 2: Keeping Wellness Goals for the Whole Year: Debi’s Discoveries from 2017

Debi’s Discoveries from 2017   Hints, Helps and Insights   Debi began by weight loss by: Cutting her usual portions in half Eliminating most processed food. She traded chips and other “junk food” for fresh apples, squash and brussels sprouts. She also added chicken and fish, other seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Counting out serving

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YMCA Community Member, Birdie, Takes 2nd Place in National Special Olympics Golf and 1st in Bowling!

The YMCA of Broome County celebrates Birdie, YMCA community member and outstanding athlete. She took second place nationally after finishing first at the Special Olympics Regional Tournament held at EnJoie Golf Course on Columbus Weekend. Then, on October 22,2017, she took 2nd place in the Regional Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. She competed on November 19th

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Goodbye to an Inspirational YMCA Member, VHL Syndrome, Survivor and LIVESTRONG Program Member

Cheyenne, Wyoming, Here Comes Cathy! On Monday, August 28th, 2017, a group of YMCA Water Fitness enthusiasts met for a farewell breakfast. Cathy, a member of the AquaBody Blast class, planned on moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming the following week. Cathy exercised harder than anyone else in the pool, so intense other members stepped back in

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Sandy’s YMCA Story of Gratitude

With a smile that could brighten the dreariest day in Broome County, Sandy repeated again and again, “Thank you God” as she retold her story. She began with an event she faced exactly a year ago: On July 17, 2016, Sandy said she suffered massive trauma in an auto accident. Then she thanked God her

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YMCA Lap Swimmer, Len S. Reaches 6,000 Milestone!

Len, a YMCA of Broome County lap swimmer, hit his 6,000 mile on May 17, 2017 at the Binghamton pool. To put the distance in perspective, one of the southern most points of South America; Comodoro, Argentina is 6,106.72 miles from Binghamton, as the crow flies. Likewise, traveling east, Jerusalem, Israel is 5,723.11 miles. Len

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Mark’s Hip Replacement-A YMCA/Lourdes Joint Academy Success Story

When Mark experienced pain during his workouts on the machines in the Wellness Center, he pushed through even harder. He’d dealt with it for years, figuring it was an old gym injury. His public service in the military, law enforcement and 42 years in fire service trained him to perform under adverse conditions no matter

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Friends, Laughter and Early Morning Water Workouts

Being a YMCA Member is Very Good Betty started in YMCA Water Fitness programs on and off again 20 years ago. She attended a 7pm class with her sister. They earned special notoriety for changing out of their swimsuits into their pjs before they left the Y for home. Since Betty retired 6 years ago,

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