Edmond’s kickoff for the annual YMCA fundraising effort is today and ends March 28.
Each day the Edmond YMCA, as well as the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and its 12 metro locations, serves as a gathering place for the community.
According to information released by the Y, nearly 1,500 second-graders learn to swim at the Y each year. More than 120 seniors connect with one another at the YMCA Lincoln Park Senior Center. Most recently, 69 cancer survivors have turned to the Y to reclaim their health and strength after treatment through the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program.
To ensure that the Y can continue to provide services like these at minimal or no cost, the Y is launching its annual Community Support Campaign. This year, the Edmond YMCA hopes to raise $121,000 of the Y’s $1.12 million total combined goal for the metro area. Funds raised will support membership, child care, youth sports and swimming programs for those who could not otherwise afford to participate in Y programs.
Cancer survivors targeted for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA
There is more to being healthy than just being physically active. At the Y, it’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body even after cancer.
“Being at the Y is about improving energy levels and self-esteem and developing a personalized physical fitness program so cancer survivors can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as a part of their recovery, but as a way of life,” Dena Drabek, director of communications for YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, told The Sun.
Edmond resident Becca DeBee is being featured in the YMCA Community Support Campaign this year and will be at the kickoff today to share her story. DeBee was so inspired by her experience at the Y that she is now in training to become a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA instructor.