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Bob's Story

Since 2004, I have experienced 3 heart attacks, triple bypass surgery, bladder cancer, ventricular tachycardia, and just recently an ischemic stroke. My wife says that I’m on my 7th life and I have both the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and the YMCA of Southern Interior BC to thank for making it to lucky number 7. 
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Beyond the Bell bridges the gap for low-income children

Beyond the Bell started when a local principal reached out to the YMCA in hopes of a program that would ensure no child falls behind. This particular school had a high poverty rate in comparison with others and children were falling through the cracks — unable to keep up with literacy, numeracy as well as social and emotional learning targets.
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Cheryl's Y is Support

At the beginning of 2021, I was in the best shape of my life preparing to run a half marathon for my 60th birthday. Then everything changed drastically when I contracted COVID-19 and the virus impacted my cognitive abilities for the long term. Now a year later, as I continue to retrain my mind and body, the Y has become a vital part of my recovery.
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Terry's Y is Strength

In my life, I have faced a wide range of adversity, from living in group homes as a youth, to experiencing PTSD after serving in the Marine Corp, to overcoming cancer and other health issues. Through it all, I have been able to keep my mind and body strong at YMCAs around North America which has had an immense impact on my life story.
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Nakita’s Y is Connection

Wherever I've lived, gym culture has always played a significant role in my life. Back home in the Caribbean, I was part of the bodybuilding scene as a bikini model and I really loved the community that came along with it. When I moved to Canada, I knew I needed to build connections and wanted to find a welcoming gym that would support my fitness goals.
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We are a local charity determined to build a healthy and thriving community. Whether it’s homework help for vulnerable kids, mindfulness strategies for youth, or heart health programs for seniors, see the range of who and how we are helping individuals at all ages and stages.