Dorchester YMCA rec­og­nizes Star­lyn Bell for FitKIK Chal­lenge

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE —

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.

The Dorchester County Fam­ily YMCA is one of the area’s char­i­ta­ble 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Y makes its pro­grams and ser­vices open to all through fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pro­grams made pos­si­ble through the gen­eros­ity of Y mem­bers, donors and part­ners.

To help the Y help oth­ers, make your tax-de­ductible do­na­tion to­day at www. dorch­esterymca.org. For more in­for­ma­tion on pro­grams and hours of op­er­a­tion, con­tact the Y at 410221-0505 or visit us on­line at www.dorchester ymca.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Star­lyn Bell, of Cam­bridge, re­ceives $500 from the Dorchester Fam­ily YMCA for her suc­cess in the Drop it Dorchester FitKIK Chal­lenge.

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