In honor of National Men’s Health Week (June 11-17), Perry Brown shares how the support from the Y has impacted his mental and physical health.
Perry Brown worked since he was 13 years old. He worked in warehouses, stocked grocery store shelves, and more recently, a carpet cleaner. Forty years of hard labor left Perry with pain, but he continued to work through the pain not knowing what the cause was. A year later, he was diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his neck that quickly progressed into pain forcing him to use a wheelchair. One diagnosis and three surgeries later, Perry found himself needing to regain strength. A doctor suggested the Monroe County YMCA. Perry is now enjoying the amenities the Y has to offer thanks to the Y for All Annual Campaign. Because of the Y, Perry has high hopes for returning to the workforce soon.
When asked how he dealt with limitations, Perry answered, “You soul search, you pray a lot, and you have faith. The Y helped me in more ways than just physically.”