John S.

Mel Korum Family YMCA

In 2005, a year after undergoing a bone marrow transplant for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, John’s immune system was healthy enough to exercise in a group setting.

John came to the Mel Korum Family YMCA and began taking cycling classes with instructor, Michelle Tangen, “She had a good balance of pushing everyone physically, but also made an extra effort to connect with the members of the class by calling out names during the workout and greeting people as they came in and as they left”.

When the opportunity to teach an early morning cycling class became available, he volunteered, “I enjoy the fitness aspect of teaching indoor cycling at the Y, but the relationships are what mean the most to me.” John is now celebrating his 10th year as a cycling instructor.

“Many strong friendships have come out of the class. God has richly blessed me through teaching at the Y. He has given me meaningful relationships with so many wonderful people”.

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