Mohamed Ladha


11:38am – Mohamed Ladha uses the strength and cardio equipment at the YMCA to recover from triple bypass, open-heart surgery. Every hour of every day, YMCA Calgary is making a difference in someone’s life.

Near the end of August 2016, Mohamed Ladha walked through the doors of the Saddletowne YMCA in Calgary’s northeast in search of strength. Just two months earlier, he had undergone triple bypass, open-heart surgery and was feeling drained from the complicated procedures. He knew that he needed to build his strength, boost his cardio health and heal himself through physical fitness. The positive atmosphere at the Saddletowne YMCA allowed him to do just that.

“I was very weak at the beginning but the staff motivation down there and the encouragement I got from everybody, I was very impressed and it was what made me come back again and again.”

Mohamed took his recovery one day at a time, one workout at a time and built his strength.

“I have been to other gyms before but I was never as involved as I am now with the Saddletowne YMCA, Ladha says. “I get more energy working out here than anywhere else. When I come to Saddletowne, I feel good. The staff are so polite and if I need any help with the equipment, they always lend a helping hand.”

Since coming to YMCA Calgary, Mohamed has slimmed down, gained muscle and feels supported in his recovery from the open-heart surgery.

“Working out at the Y has improved my health significantly. All around, I have benefited in every sense by working out at the YMCA.”

Now also participating as a volunteer, Ladha says, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to everybody there, right from the front desk. People say that the first impression is a lasting impression. When I first walked into the Saddletowne YMCA, I was greeted with a smile every morning and this gives you an idea how things are in the entire facility. This gave me the reassurance that I was in the right place.”

“I would never want to go anywhere else. What more do I need? The YMCA has everything.”