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Years ago when I joined the Y I did not know that I would be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I joined a class directed by Dick Bennett and Dick encouraged me to start a running program.  So I joined Beth’s Couch to 5k group at the Y. In the last 25 years I have run over 40,000 miles including over 30 marathons and hundreds of road races of different distances.  I also lost 70 pounds and quit smoking. Two and and half years ago, I had a biking accident and broke 7 vertebrae- my neck was broken in 5 places.  

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"Our family came to the Madison YMCA looking for an affordable summer care option. As a single mother of two, I needed to find a place that offered extended hours to cover my work schedule and the ability to accommodate my special needs son. I also needed to fit within a tight budget (but I didn't want to compromise quality of care). The YMCA met all those requirements and then some. The day camp program is designed to keep the kids active and moving, which is a great alternative to sitting at home in front of television and computer screens. Read More



Cindy has experienced many challenges in her life, starting when she was seriously injured in a bike accident at 10 years old. By 17 years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and needed a series of 9 joint replacements over the ensuing years.

Cindy has lived in Madison most of her life. In 1997, Cindy and her family joined the East End Y.  Her two children got involved in Y sports and swim programs. In 2003 her life took another twist, when her husband suddenly passed away at the age of 36. The lyrics from a Martina McBride song helped to inspire her to keep going. "Hanging on when you feel like giving up" and "Giving more when you feel like giving up" are the two lines that helped her cope with the many challenges that she has faced.  Read More.




Larry Matousek has been a member of the YMCA for over 4 years.  From the time he joined, Larry has utilized the Techno Gym Key.  The Key system allows him to create multiple customized work out programs that suit his needs, whether for aerobic or strength training.  Larry is impressed with the simplicity of the key system.  He loves that you can “just get on, put your key in and go”.   Read More.



Patty Combs joined the East End Y during May of last year. Being a member here is a huge accomplishment for her after everything she has been through recently. Patty went through a challenging and stressful time while working as a caretaker to her mom, aunt and uncle, friend, and husband. After losing her mom and husband to illness, she found herself suddenly on her own. Making the adjustment was not easy for her as she often felt alone. Then one day, her microwave suddenly caught on fire and tragically her house burnt to the ground. Patty had been trapped in the house and sustained serious physical damage as a result. 

She found herself in the hospital suffering from pneumonia, bronchitis, and damage to her major internal organs. Additionally, the fire caused her to develop COPD and an enlarged heart. Her doctor told her that she would never walk again. Read More.

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