Margarita, Samuel & Xavier Yanes

THE Y TRANSFORMED OUR FAMILY AND FEELING ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY.

At the age of 8, my son Samuel was diagnosed with Muscular Distrophy. The doctors told us that swimming would help keep his muscles from stiffening. I always knew the Y was near me, but as a single mom, I didn’t think I could afford it. But the Y came through for us – they gave our whole family a scholarship so that we could be all be part of Samuel’s healthy living plan.

Samuel comes to the Y four times a week now with his older brother Xavier. Together they swim to keep Samuel’s muscles limber. And just as important, they spend quality time together. The Y has not only helped strengthen Samuel’s muscles, it has helped strengthen our family.