September 29, 2014

Rick Flynn, from New Wilmington, will be honored on Oct. 15 at the New Castle Community YMCA’s annual Salute to Courage dinner. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Villa Banquet Center. A reception begins at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65/person or $550/table of 10, and may be purchased at the YMCA Downtown. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and interested businesses may contact Lynise Massella, 724.658.4766, for information.

About the Award

The Salute to Courage award is given annually to a neighbor in our community who has demonstrated great courage in recovery from an accident, injury or illness, in living with a disability or through an act of heroism.

Event planner, Lynise Massella, said, “Since his spinal cord injury, Rick’s tenacity to live his life to the fullest has been recognized by many of his friends and neighbors.  He has been nominated for the Salute to Courage award by several of them. His hearty laugh and sense of humor radiate a sense of hope to those who know him.”

About the Recipient

Almost 6 years ago, Rick Flynn was forced to make a life or death decision. A benign tumor was found wrapped around his spinal cord from his mid-back up to his brain stem. He was given the option to do nothing which may give him two years to live or to have surgery with a 50% risk of paralysis. With his family by his side, he chose life and with the support of friends and the community, he lives it abundantly.

His wife Linda said, “He lives with chronic pain, but does so with grace and humor.”

Before his spinal cord injury, Flynn was an avid golf player and played up to three times a week. He traveled the world to play golf with friends in London and Scotland.  Now he depends on Linda, who he’s given the title “activity director” to keep him active.  As season ticket holders, they attend around 20 Pirates games a year, and enjoy eating out and traveling together. They also love to spend time with their young adult children: Chris, Erica and Katie.

Flynn is owner and general manager of Preston Ford Hyundai of Sharon. He has quietly and cheerfully given to support missions at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, New Wilmington High School Band and other local non-profit groups throughout the years.

You can learn more about our courageous neighbor at the Y’s Salute to Courage dinner on Oct. 15.

We help families learn, grow and thrive

Event proceeds benefit the Y’s Youth Scholarship program, which will provide our life-changing programs and memberships to over 1000 youth, adults and families in 2014-2015. The Y counts on the generosity of our members and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.  No young person is ever turned away from the Y because of inability to pay for a membership or program.

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ncymca.org.