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  • Meet Tiffany

    "LIVESTRONG at the YMCA increased my confidence and gave me the opportunity to form a connection with other cancer survivors."

    Tiffany was just 32 years old and 35 weeks pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer.  With a baby on the way and a two-year-old son, she vowed that she

  • Meet Stephen

    "If I was not going to the Y at my age with my health problems (bad hips), I’d be in a wheelchair."

    “If I was not going to the Y at my age with my health problems (bad hips), I’d be in a wheelchair.” Stephen Voss has been a YMCA member at least 12 years.

  • Meet Jeff

    "Even though I've been doing this my whole life and consider myself an advanced weight lifter, I can still learn a few things."

    Jeff has been a member of the Y for six years and we look forward to seeing him everyday during his lunch break.

  • Meet Brandy

    "I am able to continue my education and work toward my dream."

    Brandy is a strong, young mother working to support her daughter.  When she became pregnant during her junior year of high school, she panicked and worried, but stayed focused and finished hig

  • Meet Minnie

    "I am just blessed to be here."

    Minnie Woods came to the YMCA in the 1980's to take swimming lessons and for socializing after the passing of her husband and son.  After she completed her class, she was asked if she

  • Meet Aliza

    "The Y has definitely helped me understand how to be a part of a community."

    I came to O’Fallon, Illinois from Australia three years ago with my husband and our three children as a part of a military exchange program.  We joined the YMCA quickly after arriving.

  • Meet Robbie, Miss B and Thelma

    Seven years ago, these ladies met in water exercise class... and have been friends ever since!

    Meet Robbie, Miss B and Thelma (ages 82, 80, and 78 respectively). Seven years ago, these ladies met in Joanie's water exercise class... and have been friends ever since!

  • Meet Jackie

    "She gently nudged me into exercising, building my confidence."

    Back track to 90 days ago. In my early 60's, poor self-esteem, overweight and hate exercise. 

  • Meet Maggie

    “This program helped me to become a better parent."

    Maggie found support while staying at Haven of Grace, a home that helps pregnant young women redefine their lives.  She attended parenting classes through YMCA Community Development’s Be

  • Meet Bobbie

    Bobbie has found strength and confidence to keep moving forward and inspiring others.

    Bobbie was recently nominated and won the Jim Guest ‘Reaching for the Stars Award’ given by the Recreation Council of Greater St Louis in recognition of the progress and effort she has

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