Schoneman Finds Belonging at Orthman YMCA

Five years ago, Stacey Schoneman was lonely and down on her luck. She had just moved back to Lexington from Omaha as a single mom with a sweet baby boy, and she was seeking friendship, healing and connection. She had survived two rounds of cervical cancer and was trying her best to be...

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Determined & Strong Holdrege Mom Swims 100 Miles

Just keep swimming. That’s what Mary Sue Newth of Holdrege did to complete the YMCA’s 100-mile swim challenge. Nothing could stop her. Not a full-time work schedule. Not a busy family life that includes six kids. Not even a broken boiler in the Y pool that made the water feel more like...

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Guedes Regains Health With Exercise at YMCA

It took a trip to the emergency room three years ago to prompt Miriam Guedes of Lexington to begin exercising. But, since that day, she hasn’t stopped. With some help of the Orthman Community YMCA, Miriam has lost more than 80 pounds, and she has reclaimed her health.

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Christina and Gracie

Mom, daughter find hope, family at YMCA

Gracie Harris was just 14 years old when she saw her dad die of a massive heart attack. He was only 48. That tragedy sparked a profound lifestyle change in Gracie and her mom, Christina Harris, of Oxford. Today, Gracie and Christina are a combined 100 pounds lighter and have found the...

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Challenge Motivates Cates Family To Move

Sometimes, it just takes a little extra incentive to gain motivation to exercise. For Kristina Cates of Holdrege, that motivation came in the form of an exercise challenge offered at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA and a little encouragement from a YMCA staff member.

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Stevens Supports Lifetime Health Opportunities

Sports and physical activity have played a big part in Lynnette Stevens’ life. The retired educator grew up in Iowa, where women’s sports were already in full swing. She competed in every sport she could in high school and then went onto play more sports at a small college. She later...

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