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Don Connelly Determination Award recipients share their Y stories:



 Don embodied the true spirit of the YMCA mission on multiple levels.  He overcame many obstacles in life, having suffered from Post-Polio Syndrome and used the Y as his place of wellness, both physically and spiritually.  In addition to his Y-connection, Don was a wonderful human being.  He served as a magician in the USO, entertaining troops home and abroad.  When Don passed away, he supported the Y on a long-term basis, forever helping kids and families who cannot afford programs and services.  Since his passing, we have held the "Changing Lives Determination Celebration" and "Breaking Barriers Award Dinner" recognizing members of the Y who have overcome disabilities, challenges and obstacles to succeed.  They have been wonderfully received by our staff, volunteers, board and other members.  This year we have selected ten (10) members to honor.  The recipients will be forever recognized in our Rome, Oneida and New Hartford branches.  

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