Leon W.

Mel Korum Family YMCA

After hearing how highly his wife spoke of the Mel Korum Family YMCA, the supportive staff, and the helpful programs, Leon decided to become a member. Leon and his wife were interested in creating a healthy lifestyle, making new friends, and having new experiences. Once they joined the Y, they gained so much more.

A few years later, Leon received news that would impact his goals and his overall health. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, from the very beginning my doctor stressed the need for exercise to combat the effects of Parkinson's on my body.”

As Leon’s health quickly changed, so did his exercise routine. That fall, Leon began to develop issues with his right foot and could no longer do some of the more familiar exercises. With the help of the Health and Well-Being staff, Leon began to focus more on strengthening his legs and upper body using different machines.

“The staff members at the Y are so supportive and helpful. I have worked on my own and the staff often reach out to help with my exercises, suggest new exercises, and even walk with me.”

Because of issues with his right foot, Leon needed corrective surgery in September of 2016. For six weeks, Leon kept weight off his foot, then gradually eased back into his exercise routine at the Y.

Leon recently had a checkup with the nurse who monitors his Parkinson's disease. She could not believe the great recovery Leon has made and credited the exercise and rehabilitation for offsetting the progression of Parkinson's.

“As my health has changed, I have had to change my goals and at each step, the staff has come along beside me with help and encouragement.”