Missty Cooke

I would like to thank Strong Kids and all of its many supporters on behalf of myself and my son.

My son is 3 years old and has attended the YMCA for about a year and a half. The Strong Kids program has helped make this possible. As a mother on social assistance, I am working to make a better life for my family. I have faced many struggles within the past year, such as bankruptcy, debt and unemployment. Without Y Strong Kids I would not have been able to start on a path to better myself and my son.

My son would have attended a child care that he did not like and where I did not feel safe sending him. I feel privileged that the YMCA has a program that helps beyond what help is already being provided.

I would not be where I am today without all of this support. I would not be making a difference in my life or motivating others to do the same. I am currently saving as much as I can to go towards education for my son and I.

I hope that in the future, Y Strong Kids will be able to give support to others just like it is for me.