Kristi T.

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

In 2013, Kristi Tilson was shocked to learn she had breast cancer. A YMCA member since 2009, Kristi participated regularly in cycling, water aerobics, and yoga classes and felt she was in optimal health.

That's when a Y staff encouraged her to join the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, a support group for cancer survivors and patients. 

"Livestrong was so good for me," said Kristi. "It gave me the motivation I needed to come to the Y, exercise a little, and find the support of others experiencing the same thing."

Kristi is happy to now be cancer-free, as well as a good example for her granddaughter as she continues to work to be healthy in spirit, mind, and body. 
 
"I couldn't have done that without the Y," said Kristi.