Bob Kyle and his daughter, Janie, are regular fixtures at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Shades Valley Branch. Bob joined the Y shortly after his retirement to help improve his health - and his daughter Janie’s. Bob was specifically looking for a place that would welcome Janie, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, and would not only help her develop a health and wellness plan but treat her like family.
He found that at the Y.
“The staff here has been very welcoming. They’ve all adopted Janie as one of their own and she’s got a bunch of new friends here,” said Bob. “It’s nice how well we’ve been received and how welcoming with open arms they’ve been with Janie. They go out of their way to make sure she’s taken care of and has what she needs to be healthy and happy.”
Since joining, Janie has lost 10 pounds through fitness programs like indoor cycling, yoga, and Body Jam. More importantly, she has found a family who cares about her at the Y.
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