Strong communities are built by people who care about one another, and this year has proven our community cares. Please consider a year end gift this season to sustain the Y through the pandemic and ensure more stories like Kathleen’s continue for generations to come.
For years, Kathleen was known to her grandchildren as “Super Grammy”. You know the type, the ones who go for long hikes, rafting and tubing down the river. She was a 5 day a week workout warrior at the Y, swimming daily and taking fitness classes. Then one day 3 ½ years ago, everything changed. Kathleen was hit by a golf cart and cracked her head open on the cement, suffering major injuries. In the words of her 12 year old grandson, “Super Grammy” was now the “Gramster.” While some may have accepted the new limitations, Kathleen fought them. The Y was her way back to being “Super Grammy”. The Y’s balance and water exercise classes brought her back, along with a lot of hard work and emotional support from Y staff and fellow participants.
The Y community provided laughter, ideas and support along her journey.
Kathleen was back at the Y as soon as we reopened in June and is back to regular exercise. While she still suffers from nerve pain, she is healthy and COVID free, thanks to the Y’s safety protocols. This past summer she was able to travel with family, and her 12 year old grandson says she’s no longer the “Gramster.”
She has her sparkle back as “Super Grammy”.