WHAT'S YOUR Y STORY?
THE Y. FOR A BETTER YOU. FOR A BETTER US.
Every day, the Greater Naples YMCA makes a lasting impact on the lives of those it serves.
Below are stories of Y members and their journeys. These stories are just a few illustrations of how the Greater Naples YMCA is able to impact lives and the overall wellbeing of individuals and families throughout Collier County each and every day!
Meet an unforgettable member with an incredible Y story - Cindy Coe, who believes the YMCA saved her life - twice.
Her story began on Mother’s Day, 2008, when a freak accident almost robbed her of her left leg. After six weeks of hospitalization and lying in bed for months stuffed with powerful drugs, she worried about becoming addicted to pain medication and never being able to fully function again. What to do?
Cindy determined to make do with Tylenol. But she still needed to recover from her accident, and learn to walk again. Since her medical insurance for physical therapy had been exhausted, she sought exercise opportunities at the Y. There, a terrific yoga instructor convinced her to try a class.
As Cindy was guided to a new level of competence by an excellent trainer, with a physical therapy background, she learned how to walk again. Amazed at her rapid recovery, she sincerely believes the Y saved her both physically and mentally.
As a lady used to winning battles, Cindy has managed several businesses. But a few years later, she found herself in need of another miracle. The devastating loss of her beloved husband, Charlie, lead to a deep, lasting depression.
Then, in January of this year, along came her second life-saving YMCA connection. With the encouragement of her friends and family (including two daughters who are athletes) Cindy joined the YMCA’s pickleball program. She had found an activity with people like her, kind, supportive, and non-judgmental, and most importantly, a sense of belonging. Today, you can still find Cindy scurrying around pickleball courts, helping others. You could say, the Y is still saving her today!
8 year old Jackson Fox participated in the YMCA’s youth basketball program shortly after moving to Naples, Florida from Connecticut. Without any new friends, Jackson had a hard time adjusting to his new surroundings. After a few months of living in Naples, Jackson joined the basketball team, his first attempt at playing the sport. With weekly practices, games and something to look forward to, Jackson’s confidence quickly took off!
“Being on a team with great coaches and kind and friendly children really helped Jack adjust so please let your children know that kind words and team sports can really make a difference in someone’s life. Big win aside, we truly appreciate everyone for helping us with this transition.” - Susan Fox
I completed 7 personal training sessions with the recommended trainer, Joe Morello.
I was skeptical at first but Joe exceeded my expectations and made a difference in the way I work out.
He is focused, professional, and sensitive to my specific needs. During our time, I have lost 6 pounds and established a workout schedule that I am using successfully.
Outstanding Job Joe!
Sincerely, Al Kostanoski
Sixty five year old Y member, Debby Damgaard, came to Naples on holiday with a mission to learn how to swim correctly. She grew up not spending a lot of time in the water, but when she did it became a challenge. Coming to the Y, she noticed the clean and warm water and how her instructor, Melissa WIlson, started her off slow and worked on getting her comfortable in the water first. Melissa showed Debby step by step the various strokes in the water while standing beside her. Debby realized that to learn the basics of these skills she would need practice. At each lesson Debby learned tips that helped her gain strength, momentum and reconfirm what she learned from each previous lesson. At the end of her lessons she was able to swim in the deep end and float on her back.
She recommends that everyone signs up for lessons at the YMCA so they to can learn the important skill of swimming.