Becca DeBee knows the benefits of the YMCA's many programs for children and adults, and she hopes people in the Oklahoma City area will help the organization as it begins its Community Support Campaign.
DeBee is a cancer survivor who took part in the YMCA's Livestrong classes aimed at helping those recovering from cancer build strength and eat right. DeBee credits the class for making her life a little easier during her treatment. About 70 cancer survivors took the classes last year.
“Being a cancer survivor or in the middle of fighting it, this program helps you tremendously,” she said. “Being physically fit is a big part of recovering. It keeps your spirits up and makes you feel better. A lot of times cancer is really depressing, but this program has meant everything to me.”
The money raised during the campaign makes a difference in other ways beyond classes.
Last year more than $2.2 million in financial support helped more than 33,000 people participate in programs like child care, teen and senior programs.
“Through our Community Support Campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to go exercise and swim,” campaign chairman Randy Thurman said.
This year the YMCA hopes to raise $1,116,900. Funds will provide membership, child care and youth sports for those who otherwise couldn't afford it. For more information on how to donate, go to ymcaokc.org or call 297-7771.