Ivana Bisaro first met Ricardo de Faria after joining the YMCA in 2005. "I took the Capoeira class he was teaching and we started training together," she says. "Now we're married, have two kids and are expecting a third - needless to say, we've been inseparable ever since we met!"
The Bisaro-de Faria family spends a lot of time each week at the Robert Lee YMCA. "The YMCA really fits our family's lifestyle," says Ivana. Their four-year-old son, Luca, attends the preschool every day. "He absolutely loves it here," she says. "At first I was hesitant, but I've gotten to know the staff and the other families so I really trust that it's a great place for him to grow." Ivana and Ricardo also take advantage of Kids Night Out at the Y each month, so they can spend some quality time together while their kids enjoy an evening of fun activities.
Ivana works out each day in between work and caring for her busy family. "I run for eight miles on the treadmill," she says. "Running is my personal therapy session - I don't know what I'd do without my running."
Ivana admits that life would be more challenging without the YMCA. "The Robert Lee YMCA is like a small community in a big city," she says. "It's kind of like our second family because we've met so many new friends."