Gary and Kathy Chaffee

Upon retiring, Kathy and Gary Chaffee moved to Central Delaware. Not long after their move, both had a knee replacement and were working hard to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. They knew they needed to find a place that would help them continue their weight loss journey and enable them to exercise while keeping pressure off their joints.

The Dover YMCA had just what they needed. Through hard work, individualized training and motivation from staff, Gary lost an additional 21 pounds – 60 in total. His doctor was so pleased with the progress, he took Gary off diabetes medication. Inspired by Gary, Kathy started a training program as well. She shed 30 more pounds for a total of 110 pounds lost.

“Thanks to the Y, we are living healthier lives and have met so many people,” Gary says. “We feel great and even took a 6,000-mile road trip in the Western United States, with some of our new Y friends.

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