Western Family YMCA – Anne & Chuck

Anne Dunlap sustained a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in 1998, two months after graduating from high school. For years, Anne’s mother looked for places where Anne could have access to physical activity in an inclusive environment. Thanks to financial assistance through EPIC Delaware (Endless Possibilities In the Community), and the Y For All program, Anne was able to renew her love for ballet and was given opportunities that she never thought she would have again.

For the past 10 years, Anne has worked out with Personal Trainer Chuck Gebhart at the Western Family YMCA. “The Y has welcomed me into their gym with a more human level of acceptance and motivation.” Anne said.

“When Anne comes in, she works hard. She’s an inspiration to me and everybody that meets her,” says Chuck. “She has made amazing progress. Her strength is up, her balance is up. With every workout she gets stronger and more independent. Working with her is the highlight of my week.”

Through ups and downs, Anne and Chuck lean on each other for support and motivation. “Chuck is like a father figure to me. He’s always so been so accepting and so motivating,” said Anne.

Anne and Chuck hope their story shows the power of camaraderie during the rehabilitation process. They’ve helped each other grow in and out of the Fitness Center.

You can learn more about the YMCA of Delaware Adaptive Fitness program here: https://www.ymcade.org/programs/health-and-fitness/


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