UPHS donates to YMCA

Right, Victor Harrington, regional director of Marketing and Business Development at UP Health System, presents a check for $12,000 to, starting from left, Membership and Wellness Director Rachel Berglund, Finance and HR Director Jenn Keni and CEO Jenna Zdunek, at the YMCA of Marquette. With the donation from UP Health System, the YMCA of Marquette was able to reach its 2018 annual campaign goal of $115,000. “This is the first year in probably a decade that we’ve met our goal,” said Zdunek. “It’s exciting. UPHS and our mission of helping communities definitely meet.” In 2017, the YMCA provided financial assistance to over 1,550 individuals, with services including daycare, membership scholarships for families and free swim lessons, while offering various health programs. In addition to help fund those services, UPHS’ contribution also supports the Pedaling for Parkinson’s and LIVESTRONG programs, allowing people to join those for free. The goal of Pedaling for Parkinson’s is to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, as well as educate the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis and support the research dedicated to the prevention of the disease. The YMCA partnered with the LIVESTRONG foundation in 2008 with the mission of helping cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery.