Dorchester YMCA recognizes Starlyn Bell for FitKIK Challenge
Dorchester County Family YMCA would like to recognize and congratulate Starlyn Bell, of Cambridge, on the progress she has made on her fitness journey.
Thanks to her own very hard work and the motivation and support of our new Drop it Dorchester FitKIK Challenge, Bell has lost nearly 20 pounds and gone down three sizes She also was the recipient of our first quarterly cash prize, taking home $500 after three months of dedicated involvement with FitKIK.
Bell, or Star as she is known to her friends here at the Y, is a native of the Eastern Shore, having grown up in Easton and now living in Cambridge. She has been working with Walmart for 10 years now and currently enjoys her physically demanding position in the produce department. Star can be found most days lifting 44 pound boxes of bananas or rushing around the store working on her average of 15 miles a day.
The Dorchester YMCA said her active lifestyle is even more impressive when one considers her past.
In 1987, she was involved in an accident which left her with extreme injuries requiring multiple surgeries. Doctors told her she had little chance of recovering fully. But with her trademark toughness, she has recovered and thrived over the years.
She joined the YMCA as a member in 2012 after touring our facility and falling in love with the variety of fitness options from an indoor pool to group exercise classes to racquetball courts. She was occasionally active until this past January when the FitKIK program was launched for the first time. She now credits the community feel of the program and the support of the staff as factors in her newfound love for fitness.
She is in the gym nearly every day of the week — participating in Body Pump and Spin classes, our Couch to 5k program, or volunteering her time.
The Dorchester YMCA said she has certainly become one of our family.
The woman who was once told she may never walk again has redefined her own limitations this year by completing the Crab Run 5k and the 10 Mile Challenge during Race2Erase PTSD. She finished second in her age group in the demanding 10-mile race in the rain, proving to herself yet again that she can do it and serving as an inspiration to others that they can too.
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Starlyn Bell, of Cambridge, receives $500 from the Dorchester Family YMCA for her success in the Drop it Dorchester FitKIK Challenge.