The Easton Mills Memorial Challenge was created in 2018 to honor the memory of Lake Norman YMCA member, Easton Mills.
Easton was a vibrant and spirited 2-year-old little girl with a larger than life personality and a love for the Lake Norman YMCA. She would bounce into the Y every morning with a perfectly placed bow in her hair and an infectious smile on her face. Easton’s desire at a young age to help others endeared her to anyone who had the opportunity to meet her.
Sadly, on May 5, 2017, Easton passed away suddenly from a very rare and aggressive ATRT brain tumor. Her family and her YMCA family were shocked by her passing. Those that loved her wanted to honor her spirit, but also help kids in our community enjoy the Lake Norman YMCA that Easton loved so much.
The Easton Mills Memorial Challenge is a four part workout challenge with a goal to raise money and awareness for the Send-a-Child to the Y Campaign that supports programs such as summer camp, drowning prevention, and youth development. The workout is designed for participants with varying levels of fitness and finds the right balance of competition and community. Trainers for the event not only structure the workout, but also encourage the participants to achieve their best.
This year’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Lake Norman YMCA from 8am to noon. If interested, participants are encouraged to sign up early to ensure a spot in the Challenge.
I've had the pleasure of getting to know Easton's mom Liz over the past year and she is an incredible human with the most beautiful smile and heart. She helped open my eyes to seeing how much of an impact we can make in our own community through small actions. Providing kids in the area a chance to go to such an incredible camp is life changing.
In our community, 28031 you’re born into can determine your future. Lake Norman friends you would be surprised when you open your eyes that we can use help in our own backyard.
That means two kids growing up at the same time – often just a few blocks from one another – wind up living worlds apart, even if their zip codes differ by just one number.
At the Y, we know that a number should never define – or limit – anyone. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter who you are or where you’re from.
That’s why I’ve joined the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s cause as a volunteer fundraiser.
Every dollar I raise will go right back to our community, helping sustain programs that can make all the difference – from early learning to college prep, water safety to mentorship, the Y works tirelessly to bring critical services to our neighbors in need.
Give to my campaign today! Together, we can help the Y create opportunity for all. MUCH LOVE, Meghan Kolb