I Am Fantastic

Posted on December 5, 2013

The Y is a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, race, religion or ability to pay. Each year, through our annual campaign, generous donors provide the financial assistance to make the Y’s programs and services available to children, families, and individuals who need them the most. It is through donations that our Y can continue to provide financial scholarships to members like Bruce, so that he can stay healthy in spirit, mind and body. The following is Bruce’s story in his own words…

I was a successful pharmacist, married for 19 years with three beautiful children, when my life drastically changed. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, my marriage ended and I was no longer able to be a pharmacist due to my illness.

With no money, no car and a life-changing disease, I refused to sit around and feel sorry for myself. I started riding my bike to the B.R. Ryall YMCA. As the days grew colder and colder, a Y member, George, asked me if I would like a ride to and from the Y.

Today, George and I are very good friends and the Y has become my extended family. The Y was good enough to provide me with a membership scholarship. Because of the Y, I am so much happier and stronger. I have never had more friends in my life, ever. Because of the Y, I am always going to be fantastic!