United Way of Central Indiana to Host 5k for Global Youth Service Day 4/22

United Way has collaborated with Central Indiana high school and college students, community partners and early childcare centers to host a 5K walk/run to support youth health and fitness programs. On Saturday, April 22, Indianapolis and surrounding communities are invited to partake in the festivities at White River State Park from 12:30 - 3 p.m. Registration is $10 or bring a children’s fitness item.

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“We did not lose Becky to cancer. Becky beat cancer by the way she lived.”

As longtime United Way donors and members of the Tocqueville Society, Steve and Becky Schenck often described themselves as proud “givers, not takers.” Then, one day, Becky woke up, unable to speak. The diagnosis:  terminal brain cancer. Doctors believed she might survive a year or less.

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The Day that Changed a Mothers’ Life

Desiree loved her son the second she laid eyes on him, but realizing she alone was responsible for him was overwhelming for the young mother. And shortly after he was born, both her parents passed away unexpectedly. So there she was – coping with the loss of her parents, while trying to navigate single motherhood with no one to turn to. Until one day everything changed. 

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Shaping a Healthy, Happy Life

After losing her husband too soon to congestive heart failure, “Susan” wasn’t ready to face the same fate herself. If she wanted a happy, healthy life, she knew the time to act was now. So, she joined the Barbara B. Jordan YMCA.

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Colts, United Way and Indiana Wesleyan University to Unveil Colts-Themed Fitness Room at Finish Line Boys and Girls Club

This year, Colts long snapper and United Way LIVE UNITED Ambassador, Matt Overton and a few of his teammates unveiled the new fitness room during a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Road to recovery brings healing and unexpected friendships

At the age of 57, Russell found himself in his doctor’s office receiving the devastating news many before him have received: he had cancer. To help him manage it all, Russell’s social worker referred him to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a United Way-supported agency.

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Finding Strength in Suffering

  For Lena, childhood was a struggle. On the outside, things seemed normal. She excelled in school and was friendly with the other kids. Yet, she never quite fit in. As the other kids would...

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A summer to remember with Camp Little Red Door

After being diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at a young age, most of his memories were of times spent with doctors and nurses. So, for Aaron, camp was more than a fun summer getaway -- it was a shot at being a “normal kid”.

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Want to take your workouts further? Stephanie will inspire you

Diagnosed in 1998 with a rare and deadly disease that clogs the central nervous system, Stephanie was told that in five years she would be unable to walk. Now she's stronger than ever before. 

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Recovery leads to self-discovery

Kristin was living a double life. She thought she was successfully hiding her addictions until one day when an argument with her brother led to her being arrested.

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