paula and dana

Our next #HumansoftheY story comes from the Downtown Hartford YMCA, where Paula and Dana just celebrated one year of membership!

"Our workouts and our family were a great support after the loss of my brother Justin. Our first workouts ended in emotional tears, but gradually turned to laughs thanks to the people here. Especially one stuck out: Toni! We tried many exercises, but quickly realized we needed a miracle. Toni was that miracle! She not only helped physically, but emotionally as well. Toni made me want to do something instead of hiding out at home. Ironic, because now, this is my second home. All the staff are apart of our gym family and we are so appreciative! You guys changed our lives and we are healthier and happier because of Toni and the rest of our family here at the YMCA."