What does the Y mean to you?

Listen to some of our members’ stories about the Y’s impact in our community.

  • Pat's Story

    On Saturday, September 22nd, Pat completed her first ever 5K at the Janice Gamborlino Memorial 5K Run/Walk.  Pat is a graduate of the 12 week LiveStrong program from the South Amboy Branch YMCA.  She was very interested in being involved with the 5K and proudly wore her “I am a survivor” tag on her shirt on race day.  She told me she was unsure if she would be able to do the whole walk but would go at a slower pace and if she felt she could not handle it would turn around.  After realizing how long of a walk it would be if she turned around and went against all the other walkers she decided to put her way through to the end of the race.  When she came around the corner to the finish line she had the biggest smile on her face.  Once again she had overcome an obstacle and faced her fears.  As she walked to the finish line she crossed and said “I did it” with her arms out proud.  Hopefully this will be the first 5K of many.

    As told by LiveStrong Personal Trainer Whitney

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