Schurby Lampley is known for his motivational spirit and determination around the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA, but he has had his fair share of hardship.
In April 2014, Schurby lost his wife. From then, he had both hips and his left knee replaced, in addition to a congestive heart failure diagnosis in June 2018.
While at Crusader Community Health, Schurby was referred to the Health First Program offered at the YMCA. The Health First program is designed for adult patients who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. The program includes fitness and nutritional components with an individualized plan for each participant. They work on cardio respiratory, muscle strengthening, and flexibility.
Through the Health First program, Schurby began to work out again and get his health back on track. “My overall goal is to stay out of the hospital,” said Schurby, after being in and out of the hospital six times in one year. “You know, you need to move it or lose it, so I am keeping my body in motion,” he said.
Schurby said when he started the program, after 10 minutes on the bike he was tired, but now, he can easily ride a bike for 30 minutes. He gives props to YMCA trainers Shawn and Linette, who coordinate the Health First Program. His favorite part was seeing his progress with the testing done over the 12-week program.
During his time in the Health First Program, Schurby was given the “Most Determined Award.” Linette Rojas said, “Schurby was great and very encouraging to our other participants. He would always try to get them to go to other exercise classes with him.”
After going to the Y two times a week during the Health First program, Schurby enrolled in the Y Silver Sneakers program. He enjoys working with Jane Johnson, the program coordinator, and said, “It is a great program and more people need to take advantage of it.”
Although Schurby lost his wife, Wendy, over five years ago, he says she still is the source of his motivation. Before she passed, Wendy made him promise that he was going to take care of himself. After she passed, Schurby found a letter from her, which he still keeps with him today. The letter contains words of encouragement and reminds Schurby to stay humble.
Schurby said, “I try not to let things stop me!” and that is true. He has worked hard on his healthy lifestyle with one goal in mind, to stay around a little bit longer for his children and grandkids!
Stay motivated and healthy, Schurby! Everyone at the Y is cheering you on!