To be treated the same as everyone else and to have a place like the YMCA to work out in means a lot to her.

Leslie Kelly has had Cerebral Palsy since birth and has struggled with tightness and weakness in her muscles especially in the lower extremities. She was introduced to the Flagstaff YMCA a month ago by her mother Jackie. She enjoys working at her job, working out and loves joking around with the people around her. Leslie comes to the gym for her personal training sessions and works hard towards improving her strength and flexibility while still having fun.

Her mother Jackie who has been a member of the Flagstaff YMCA since 2015 comes to the gym quite regularly to work out and attend group fitness classes. A little over a month ago she was having a conversation with Jonathan Byrd, one of our personal trainers. During this conversation, she explained that she wanted to find other avenues along with the physical therapy and acupuncture to help improve her daughter’s mobility. It was during this time she asked him if he would be willing to work with her daughter to provide some strength training and stretching. He explained to Jackie that we are a place for all to come and that he would love to be her personal trainer.

Jackie mentions “I’m thankful for people like Jonathan that work at the YMCA. I appreciate all he has done to strengthen my daughter’s legs towards increasing her capacity to walk and improve her quality of life”.

Leslie is a joy to be around and an inspiration to others toward meeting your fitness goals. She is a true example that if you have the will and capacity to improve your lifestyle there’s a way.