Tracey Walls

When Tracey Walls first joined the Western Family YMCA, she was not in a good place. Several of Tracey’s family members were dealing with serious health issues, the family business was taking a financial hit, her son’s college tuition started to add up and Tracey’s father unexpectedly passed away. Anyone who came across Tracey may have noticed, she was having a tough time.

One day while at the Y, Tracey met Elizabeth, a Water Aerobics instructor. Thanks to Elizabeth’s encouragement, she started attending classes regularly, lost 71 pounds and made many new friends. The Water Aerobics ladies don’t just work hard in the pool, they support each other inside and outside of the Y. They meet once a month for breakfast, bring each other meals, and host showers when their children get married. Initially, Tracey came to the Y to exercise and escape from life. Now, she not only fulfills her health goals, but more importantly she has found a community to help her face life’s challenges.

“Coming to the Y is like my therapy. If it wasn’t for Elizabeth and the ladies, I don’t know how I would have the strength to go through life. I realize now that I need to take care of myself, so I can take care of my family.”



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