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  So, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month again. I was 53 years old when I was diagnosed. I started treatment in October of 2013. The outpouring of national and local “pink ribbon” awareness positively overwhelmed me! The following year I was completing chemo and wanted to ignore every reminder of “pink”. In 2015, seeing

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Part 1 On September 16, 2013, I received the phone call no one would want. It started me on a journey no one would choose. It made me a member of a club no one would join. A calm, soothing voice delivered these core-shaking words, “you have cancer.”   Many other words followed. I didn’t really

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The Monday Night YMCA Recreational Sand Volleyball League held play-offs on Monday, August 14 in Otsiningo Park. The 16 teams were narrowed to a seeding of 6. Each team required 2 males and 2 females on their roster. The 6 Lost Doggers and 6 Airborners won their team a place in the championship match of

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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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Year after year, my wife, Joy, signed our three kids up for summer swim lessons at Highland Park and the West Family Y during the winter months. Our oldest, 14 year old Grace, took her first Mommy and Me classes at West Y pool at 6 months old. I remember watching Grace in the Highland

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We’re encouraged, “to stop and smell the roses!” Everyone living in Broome County can also add “Relax and read the rocks,” while checking out the flowers. Broome County is “Rocking!” Artists under the age of 5 to over the age 85 are decorating rocks and placing them at entrances to businesses, in flower beds and

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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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Sukanya, a caring Ob/Gyn, received a month pass for the YMCA of Broome County at a diabetic exercise class she attended. She arrived at the West Family Y after her office hours for her first class, a whole body exercise class. Sukanya hoped to manage her diabetes and the constant arthritic aches she endured for

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Group swim lessons began in 1909 when the YMCA embarked on novel mission “to teach every man and boy in North America” to swim. According to the YMCA History website, this mission grew to include families and people with disabilities. The site mentioned three benefits: helping youth: feel safe around water, develop problem-solving abilities and

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I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes…Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’, Matthew 25: 35-36, 40 (The Message) Mohamed left his suburban Maryland home located in the DMV (D-Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia)

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