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My Y Story: Anna Thomas

ANNA THOMAS: WHETHER IT IS FOR STRENGTH, RECOVERY OR CONNECTION THE Y IS LIKE A FAMILY WHO TAKES CARE OF AND HELPS PEOPLE GET HEALTHY When Anna Thomas moved from Massachusetts to Hudson in2017 to be closer to her daughter’s family, she was eager to connect with the community. Her daughter was a Y member… Read more »

My Y Story: Emily Richardson

EMILY RICHARDSON: FROM THE SWIMMING POOL TO SENIOR RECITALS THE STORM SWIM TEAM STANDS TOGETHER By Cindy LaCroix, Swim Team Parent and Swim Volunteer YMCA of Greater Nashua Storm swimmer, Emily Richardson, traded in her cap and goggles on a mid-April evening to perform in her senior recital at the Central Congregational Church in Chelmsford,… Read more »

Our Y Story: Iraida Munoz and Ruben De Jesus

IRAIDA MUNOZ AND RUBEN DE JESUS: MOTHER AND SON FIND A HOME WORKING TOGETHER AT THE Y Iraida Munoz and her husband moved from Puerto Rico to the United States with their two sons, Ruben Misael and Ruben Ernesto, in 2010. They first lived in Gardner, Massachusetts, where her husband’s job was located.  They relocated… Read more »

My Y Story: Steve Mason

STEVE MASON: CHALLENGING HIMSELF TO 50 MILE RUNS AND IRONMAN ASPIRATIONS BEGINS WITH WORKOUTS AT THE YMCA 45-year-old Steve Mason of Merrimack sets the bar high for himself. Very high. He has always been physically fit, but has upped his game with a recent indoor run at the Merrimack YMCA. On Saturday, February 26, he… Read more »

My Y Story: David Crotzer

DAVID CROTZER: A QUEST TO GET HEALTHY FOR TRANSPLANT SURGERY Meet Y member and inventor David Crotzer! When David retired from his career as a medical devices engineer in April of 2019, it gave him more time to explore his passion: inventing. One project alone garnered him 14 patents. He invented a microprocessor socket for… Read more »

My Y Story: Mike

MY Y STORY: MIKE Coming to the Y twice a week for the ‘Walk with Ease’ program is a highlight of Mike’s week. Mike comes to the Y through our partnership with the PLUS Company, a Nashua non-profit that offers job development and career assessment for disabled adults. Recently, he was featured on the PLUS… Read more »

My Y Story: Tyler and Steve

TYLER PENN AND STEVE: A BOND THAT COMES TOGETHER THROUGH PERSONAL TRAINING Tyler Penn has been working with YMCA member Steve for the past five years. They have a standing personal training appointment each Wednesday at 1:30pm. Tyler shared that Steve was born with cerebral palsy, and is looking to get more active and to… Read more »

My Y Story: YMCA Storm Swim Team

CORE VALUES IN ACTION: SWIM TEAM SENDS ESSENTIAL SHIPMENT TO TORNADO-RAVAGED KENTUCKY This story starts with a compassionate teenager who is also Y STORM swim team competitor. While at a swim meet near Boston on December 12, Teagen Jeffers sent an email to Joe Manzoli, the Y’s chief operating officer. “I had an idea that… Read more »