Elder Lifferth and Elder Lee
As Y volunteers, Elder Lifferth and Elder Lee assist one of our Y members, Dale. Dale is severely disabled from a brain stem injury that was caused by a car accident in July of 1973 and left him unconscious for three months. Almost 40 years after the accident, Dale still makes his way to the Broadview Y almost every day to work out. In their role, Elder Lee and Elder Lifferth assist Dale from machine to machine and correctly set each machine, so that Dale can safely work out. The most important part of their service is in building a friendship with Dale. This is what keeps the Elders returning each week. “Helping Dale to stay strong really inspires me,” said Elder Lee. “We feel like Dale is more of inspiration to us, then we can help him,” echoes Elder Lifferth. “We are really impressed with what Dale is able to accomplish, despite his disabilities,” explains Elder Lee.