MARQUETTE — With a $12,000 donation from UP Health System, the YMCA of Marquette was able to reach its 2018 Annual Campaign goal of $115,000. Victor Harrington, Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development at UPHS presented a check at the YMCA to staff members on Wednesday.
“This is the first year in probably a decade that we’ve met our goal,” said YMCA CEO, Jenna Zdunek. “It’s exciting. UPHS and our mission of helping communities definitely meet.”
In 2017, the YMCA provided financial assistance to over 1,550 individuals, with services including daycare, membership scholarships for families and free swim lessons, while offering various health programs.
In addition to help fund those services, UPHS’ contribution also supports the Pedaling for Parkinson’s and LIVESTRONG programs, allowing people to join those for free.
The goal of Pedaling for Parkinson’s is to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, as well as educate the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis and support the research dedicated to the prevention of the disease.
The YMCA partnered with the LIVESTRONG foundation in 2008 with the mission of helping cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery. The program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person.
In addition to its daily services, the YMCA also holds special events like the Healthy Kids Day and Halloween at the Y, where over 1,200 celebrated their youth by learning about health and wellness while playing games and being active.