Honoring the Life of Kevy Wijaya

Last updated: December 14, 2023, at 3:27 p.m. PT

Originally published: December 14, 2023, at 10:57 a.m. PT

Honoring Kevy Wijaya Departed this life on December 9, 2023

Dear Y Community,  

Today, we pause to honor the life of Kevy Wijaya, a dedicated Bellevue Family YMCA advisory board member who recently passed away. Kevy was deeply engaged in our community, and his passing is felt throughout the Y community.   

Kevy Hero Everyday

Kevy has consistently been a committed member of the Y movement, a comforting pediatrician, a cherished community member, and, most importantly, a loving family member.   

Kevy dedicated his life to supporting and caring for our community’s children. That dedication is the very reason he received the YMCA’s 2022 Hero Everyday Award. He was committed. Every. Single. Day. 

After seeing how much the Y’s mission aligned with his own and the potential for creating opportunities for his community, Kevy became an advisory board member at the Bellevue Family Y, and his contributions to our work in support of community were truly nothing short of heroic.   

Kevy at Event

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kevy saw the disparities in accessing critical vaccines – especially for our underserved families and youth. Kevy also knew that there was so much more that went into providing medical care to children. What was already a scary time for many kids was often multiplied when forced to get a large needle prick in an unfamiliar, cold place.The solution? Kevy recognized that the YMCA provided a familiar and welcoming space for kids to feel safe while getting their vaccines. He then worked with not only the Bellevue Family YMCA but also Y locations throughout King County to provide COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. In fact, he once, in conjunction with the Bellevue Family Y, mobilized volunteers and marketed a youth vaccination event where his team administered 475 vaccines. The partnership has since built on that initial success and has hosted more than 15 events, including youth-specific events for underserved communities at our South King County branches.  

Kevy has touched so many of our lives here at the YMCA and in community. Our children, community members, and staff have all benefitted from his generosity and his friendship. Kevy will always be our hero, and we share our deepest condolences to the Stepping Stone Pediatrics team and Kevy’s beloved family.   

In community and gratitude,  

Loria Yeadon

President & CEO

YMCA of Greater Seattle 

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