We are committed to transforming the lives of all people we serve. We want to celebrate the positive impact our staff, volunteers and programs have had on your life or the life of someone that is close to you.

We're pleased to share a few of these stories below. If you have a YMCA story, please share it with us.

Deborah's Story


In November of 2012, Deborah Swenson was on a roller coaster for diabetes. She states, "I arrived depressed, overweight, and without a hobby in sight". One year later, "words can never express my gratitude for this life changing event that has happened to me. Please extend my sincere gratitude to those who made this program possible. I have a new outlook on life and I have the Kettle Moraine YMCA and The Healthy Community Fund to thank for that."

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Tom's Story


Tom Griffith knew he needed to make some changes in his health 11 years ago. He had just lost in the semifinals at Nationals for racquetball and felt completely beat down. Exhausted and a bit defeated he knew that in order to win,...

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Amy's Story

Tom's Story

The Road To Boston: A local woman's journey to conquering her dreams. She started to call herself a runner in November 2003. It was then that West Bend resident Amy Leitheiser ran in the 15K Turkey Trot with some friends from the Kettle Moraine YMCA...

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Kacie's Story

I wanted to send a quick email to you all to say thank you! I have been on a wellness journey for a little over a year and your team has been such a big reason for my success...

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Irene's Story

Thank You LIVESTRONG at the YMCA!
Eight years ago I was participating in many hour-long classes at the YMCA. I decided that I would have to quite the YMCA as I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery and chemotherapy I was too fatigued and weak to continue with the hour-long classes that I loved...

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Pettke Family's Story

My husband and I continue to be pleased with the daycare program at the YMCA. Jordyn has been attending since she was about 9 months old and will soon turn 2 years old. I honestly cannot think of 1 negative thing that has happened since she has been attending. We were so amazed with the fact that she had started learning sign language...

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Steve's Story

What has been most important to me in developing and maintaining a lifestyle change has been the Y’s Coaching program, and specifically my coach Nicola Patrinos... I want to also say that I think the River Shores facility is great...

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