MOULTRIE — One morning, when Teniki Doe met a committed donor and volunteer of the Moultrie YMCA, she had no idea how her life was about to change.

In August of 2006, Doe was diagnosed with lupus and since then times have been tough. She has always been concerned about what is best for her daughter and that included keeping her enrolled at R.B. Wright Elementary School, even after Doe lost her transportation.

“I was walking my daughter, Tyliyah, to school when Mr. Ben Marion stopped and picked us up,” said Doe. “At the time I did not know what to think, but from that day on, he has done everything he could to help me and Tyliyah.”

In addition to losing her transportation, Doe has to travel to Thomasville to receive treatments, which makes it difficult for her to ensure the care of her daughter. This past January, Doe applied for financial assistance at the Moultrie YMCA. Through scholarship funding, Doe has gotten a family membership for herself and Tyliyah.

“Through financial assistance provided by the Building Better Lives Campaign, my daughter and I have been able to enjoy what the Moultrie YMCA has to offer,” said Doe. “From swim lessons for Tyliyah to group exercise classes for me, the Building Better Lives Campaign has given us more opportunities than I thought possible.”

Financial assistance has also allowed Tyliyah to attend PRIMETIME in the afternoons at the Moultrie YMCA.

“Knowing that the YMCA is picking her up and caring for her afterschool really gives me peace of mind when I am in Thomasville for treatments,” said Doe.

As a way to show her appreciation, Doe volunteers at the Moultrie YMCA multiple days during the week. In addition to giving back to the Moultrie YMCA, Doe says volunteering also allows her to get out of the house and socialize with new people.

“The past few years have been difficult, but thanks to the Moultrie YMCA’s Building Better Lives Campaign and the generous support of people in our community, Tyliyah and myself have had the opportunity to enjoy normal everyday activities provided by the YMCA,” added Doe.

In 2009, the Building Better Lives Campaign provided financial assistance for more than 800 individuals thanks to the generosity of the Colquitt County community. The Moultrie YMCA kicked-off its 2010 Building Better Lives Campaign in February with a goal of $100,000.

For more information on the Building Better Lives Campaign, please contact the Moultrie YMCA at 985-1154.

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