In May, 78-year-old Leila Hill was the West Cook YMCA's "Senior of the Month." The vibrant, gregarious and indefatigable senior deserves the recognition. When asked about it, she smiles and says, "The YMCA saved my life."
The first time Mike (not his real name) sat through the FACE-IT (Families Acting Collaboratively to Educate and Involve Teens) program with his mom, Dolly (also not her real name) was the summer before his freshman year of high school.
Peter is a 42-year-old former entrepreneur from River Forest whose life was interrupted in 2005 when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then, he has been under the care of Dr. Ann Sarpy, medical director of Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park.