Stories of Hope

Overcoming My Fears
Dominic's Story

Don't let his age fool you, Dominic has learned how you conquer fears. Afraid of the deep water, he realized the best way to overcome that was to learn to swim!


Like this video? Watch more of Dominic's story.

It Takes Strength to Be a Mom
Kristen's Story

Initially intimidated to enter the gym, Kristen soon relaxed at the Ashland Family Y and started coming every day. Her goal was to be a strong mom for her two sons—now she's entering body building competitions!

Like this video? Watch more of Kristen's story.

Stories of Hope - Melissa's Story

Training for Life
Melissa's Story

Melissa came to the Y with the goal to lose weight and ended up training for a marathon.  She soon realized she was preparing her body for more than a race!


Release date: September 29, 2020

Stories of Hope - Martin's Story

Reclaiming My Life
Martin's Story

After nearly losing his life to addiction, Martin started coming to the Ashland Family Y and making every day a win!


Release date: October 13, 2020

Watch More Of Their Stories — The Documentaries

Once we started filming these stories in early 2020, we quickly realized there was much more here than the short videos we had originally planned. We knew we'd want to share the full stories with all of you so you could be just as inspired as we were!

Scroll down and enjoy watching more of Kristen's, Dominic's, Melissa's and Martin's stories.

Kristen's Full Story: "It Takes Strength to Be a Mom"

It's about losing weight. It's about becoming healthy. But most importantly, it's about becoming the person you always wanted to be. Watch Kristen's full story and learn how she accomplished all that and more.

Dominic's Full Story: "Overcoming My Fears"

"Sometimes when I hear things [encouragement] like that, I want to keep on going or if someone says I can't do something, I want to keep on going." Watch Dominic's full story and learn more about this amazing 10-year-old.

Stories of Hope - Melissa's Full Story

Melissa's Full Story: "Training for Life" - COMING SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Stories of Hope - Martin's Full Story

Martin's Full Story: "Reclaiming My Life" - COMING OCTOBER 13, 2020