When Maricela began taking Zumba classes, it was initially to get healthy and have fun, but she never realized what an impact it would make on her life. Now she’s a Zumba instructor at the Maryvale YMCA, and an advocate for the countless benefits that this exercise program can offer individuals. Those benefits go beyond simply helping people stay in shape, and Maricela is a shining example of this. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer a while ago, Zumba helped her get through some of the tough days, and it gave her the motivation she needed to focus on something enjoyable, and keep fighting.

It wasn’t only Zumba that gave her strength during her battle. Her Y family gave her tremendous support after her diagnosis, and they did everything that they could to ease her stress. The staff even held a Zumbathon in her honor, which was an incredible experience that made her feel loved and a bit better. Maricela, who also works as a Welcome Center Representative, says that she has never worked in a place where she felt so cared for. She thinks that the Maryvale Y is an amazing place to work, and she is proud and happy to be part of such a thoughtful team.

Maricela wants to thank everyone on the team for all that they have done for her, and for all of the love and kindness they have shared.

We wish Maricela the best, and we want to share our appreciation to her for being such a committed member of the Maryvale team. Even through all her struggles, she has maintained a positive outlook and has continued to serve the members of this branch and the Maryvale community. We’re proud of you, Maricela, and we wish you good health and strength, and we are here to support you on your journey to wellness!