YMCA to honor North Syracuse woman's memory

The North Area Family YMCA will honor the memory of longtime volunteer Kathleen Hershberger, who passed away a year ago after battling cancer, during the annual meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. June 17 at the Hotel Syracuse.

Hershberger was known for her contributions in the creation of the YMCA location. More than 30 years ago, she served as chairman of the women's committee and program coordinator for the North Area Family YMCA. She was responsible for organizing the Ladies Day Out program, an event for young mothers. Hershberger was also responsible for programming including skating, swim and fitness lessons. Programs were held at the Pitcher Hill Community Church and the Hollyrood Park facility, prior to the YMCA being built.

She was also a member of the building committee and a member of the board of directors at the North Area Family YMCA.

The Kathleen Sill Hoffman Hershberger Memorial Fund was created to honor Hershberger's life and her battle with breast cancer that ended in June 2009.

The fund provides family membership subsidies for women battling breast cancer that the North Area Family YMCA.

Hershberger's hope was to have women utilize the YMCA services as they dealt with the knowledge of a cancer diagnosis. Most importantly, Hershberger wanted women to have the option to use the child care services.

"This fund was established to ensure that others going through a cancer diagnosis will be able to reclaim their life, get back into society, grow stronger and connect with others also facing cancer," said Gordon Hershberger, Kaye's husband.

"My wife Kaye was passionate about helping other people and making a difference," he said. "Because of this, I feel that she would be so pleased with the creation of this fund which will carry out her desire to make a difference in the lives of others."

Visit cnycf.org/Hershberger to make a contribution to the memorial fund. All gifts are tax deductible.

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