When Charles went to the doctor to find out about getting open heart surgery, he was told that he wasn't strong enough to have such a risky procedure. After joining the Y, Charles joined the LiveStrong at the YMCA program, where he slowly regained his strength.
Two years later, Charles' doctor was amazed that he was in such good shape. Thanks to the Y, he was finally ready to have open heart surgery to replace a valve.
"I have got back my strength and a better state of mind," Charles says. "Since becoming a member of the Y, I'm being more active and have a better outlook on life."