Mon Valley YMCA Stories

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Taking Control

July 06, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

After surviving her battle with uterine cancer, Ruth Crothers, 56, of Monongahela has taken control of her health with the help of the Mon Valley YMCA. Ruth was diagnosed with uterine cancer in January of 2016. She has been in remission since having a hysterectomy in April of 2016 and her recovery continues.

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Louisiana Native Makes YMCA Home

June 29, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Cristal Rettger, 34, of Monessen first discovered the services of the Mon Valley YMCA six years ago when she started the Mommy and Me program, but that was only the beginning of her involvement with the YMCA.

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From Day Care to Director

June 22, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Robecca Novotne-Castner, 28, of North Charleroi, brings her son, Carter, to daycare at the Mon Valley YMCA every day. Castner went to the same daycare when she was Carter's age, and now she utilizes the service while she goes to work at the YMCA as their Human Resources director.

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Building Strength and Gaining Friendships

June 15, 2017 | By Melissa Petruzzi | Mon Valley YMCA

Sis Bethem is not a typical 88 year old woman. She has endured six fractures and seven hospital visits since 2012, including time in intensive care with her initial fracture.

What sets Bethem apart from the norm is how she decided to handle her recovery. Bethem began utilizing the Mon Valley YMCA to work out after completing physical therapy with each fracture.

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