Photo of a check presentation from Macy's to the Wilson Family Y for Katie's Pool
The Family Y on Wheeler Road celebrated the four year anniversary of Katie's Pool with a big donation from Macy's department store.
Macy's donated $2,000 to to the the Family Y for the pool, which is for people with disabilities to be able to have fun in the water.
The pool is named after Katie York, who worked with the Family Y for a short time before diagnosed with encephalitis. Katie suffered from massive seizures, which ultimately lead to her death in 2008.
Claudia Collins, the Family Y's Adaptive Aquatics director, hired Katie and came to know her very well. "We didn't know how we were gonnahave the funds and in 2008, Katie died of a massive seizure and within 45 days of her death, we had a half a million dollar donation to build this pool," Collins said.
Melrose and Ron York, the parents of Katie, say their daughter was born a water-baby and spent most of her earlier years in the pool. They say she had a passion for helping children and adults with disabilities, and the more she worked, the more talented she became.
Katie's Pool has tremendously grown from when they first started in 2010. Now, the pool trains over 200 people a week and over 600 people a month.
Katie's mother says she had no idea how big this would become, but she is grateful to help other people with similar disabilities. "Our biggest fear, as parents, is they’ll forget her, and we know she’ll never be forgotten because her picture is out there," said Melrose York.