Monday, September 14, 2009

Spring Valley YMCA...

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After my last post I thought I've give you a glimpse of how truly amazing the Spring Valley YMCA is for our little family. Adam and I have always loved belonging to the YMCA but this past year we not only love to spend time there but are really greatful for the staff and programs they offer. The YMCA is completely wheelchair accessible. This means that I am able to bring Gavin upstairs onto the nice 1/13th mile indoor track and walk with him while over looking the huge indoor pool as well as the two courts, where Madison is often taking a class. There also is a smaller fitness center upstairs with cardio equipment as well as weights that allows me to work out with Gavin by my side.

They have a beautiful outdoor pool where we spent most of the summer, which is also accessible for Gavin. I was told last year that they were willing to do what ever I wanted to get Gavin in the water, which we did! Outside the pool is another playground that is completely wheelchair accessible. They even recently put in a new piece of equipment with Gavin in mind, as we can wheel him right on -- the Sway Fun Glider!


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Then there is the special needs class, which is also open to the community free of charge. This is an unstructured class where children with special needs can take advantage of their top of the line equipment, including a ball pit, large and small trampoline, mood bounce, adaptive bikes, sensory tools, swings and much more! This is where we found out about Gavin's new bike, from the Ambucs, who also donated two beautiful new bikes to the class.

These are things that make this mommie very happy. Even though there are many places which Gavin is very limited it makes me smile that we have this place to go to where the limits are lifted off. No organization is perfect, but the YMCA is close.

Thank You Spring Valley YMCA and a huge Thank You to the Ambucs for giving our little guy a bike!


13 comments:

Baylee and Blair's page said...

That is awesome that they go beyond whatever is possible to provide to ALL families! You are very lucky!

Hugs - Tiffany

Junior said...

Wow, such a wonderful program.
We love our Amtryke from Ambucs.

brandiandboys said...

what precious photos of gavin!

Reesha said...

Those are the best pics ever... So sweet.

Faith said...

Karen, just got a chance to catch up on Gavin finally. You all are in my prayers and I hope he is doing better soon! Just a question because I read your post about needing to make your van accessible and find an accessible home... kind of crazy, but have you ever thought about applying for Extreme Makeover Home Edition? I've seen them do makeovers in situations that seemed far less needed than yours (as an army brat and now military wife, the ones that really peeve me are the ones they do b/c the husband is deployed).
You guys are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Holly said...

Bless them for being so accommodating. I wish we had something similar here.

Can't wait to see Gavin sporting his new wheels!

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

That is PRECIOUS. Makes me want to cry, actually.

The Rowe Family said...

Thanks for the awesome post! Loved it!

susan p. said...

Hi Karen...Gavin looks fantastic on his new bike!!! So happy to see him on it! Your photos are amazing and I hope I get to see you at class next week!

britta said...

Gavy looks like a big kid too on his bike! Kudos to your YMCA! :-)

Glad to see you get still live life "normal" even when it isn't always!

therextras said...

Outstanding.

Misty Rice said...

he so precious....

Carrie said...

I had no clue that a YMCA offers all that. I even discovered that it isn't too far from me either! I am a special educaton teacher, now teaching Autistic Support, but my heart lies in teaching children who have multiple disabilities. I am going to pass on the information about the YMCA to some of my parents who do not live that far away. I have been following your blog through Kelly's prayer blog. My thoughts are with you.