It’s a word you or your loved ones never want to hear. It’s a word Ronnie Rendall knows all too well.
Doctors lost hope for his mobility following an accident at work. But Ronnie found hope and determination at the Odessa YMCA.
“I go to the Y to stay alive,” Ronnie said.
He has undergone three surgeries and he still works out five days a week. After each and every surgery, he finds a way to return back to the Odessa YMCA. His workouts help break through his painful muscle spasms.
“The YMCA gives me life. For a few hours a day I am there, I forget about the pain.”
It’s not just about the workouts – the staff at the YMCA stand out and take care of Ronnie. Ronnie is a part of the YMCA family and he knows it.
“I love seeing the members and staff,” Ronnie said. “My favorite thing about the Y is the people. Every time I enter, I am greeted like royalty-maybe not royalty-but like family.”
Ronnie has no idea what the future holds. His doctors continue to tell him to prepare for a future of being paralyzed.
One thing is for sure – for as long as he can – he will keep going to the YMCA and keep fighting for his mobility with the support of his Y family.