My Reason for Fundraising
Monday 8th Oct
When I started CrossFit, I never imagined it would play a role in saving my life. During the 2013 CrossFit Open, I felt a pain in my left breast while doing burpees. After being told by 3 doctors I was too young, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25 years old. We jumped right into 6 months of chemotherapy followed by a bilateral mastectomy, 1 year of infusions, and 10 years of maintenance therapy.
Continuing to stay active during treatment made a massive difference in the way I felt, physically and emotionally. It provided a sense of normalcy in an otherwise very-not-normal situation. It got me out of the house and allowed me to see my friends daily; gave me goals to constantly push toward; and provided a safe place to cheer, laugh, cry, or whatever else I happened to feel that day without any judgement. The support system from not only my gym, but gyms in the area, Barbells for Boobs, and CrossFit as an organization was felt throughout my treatment.
My goal this year is to provide the same experience for other individuals battling and recovering from breast cancer. In the past, I’ve fundraised for Barbells for Boobs to provide people the Right To Know (RTK) if they’re living with breast cancer - an obviously worthy purpose. But this year, I’m partnering with Barbells for Boobs to specifically fundraise for their Resources After Diagnosis (RAD) program. Like me, RAD believes that fitness and wellness should be a part of the treatment plan. Through this fundraising (as well as a grant from CrossFit Foundation), they're able to provide diagnosed individuals with a scholarship to a CrossFit gym.
Ali and I will be matching up to $5,000 worth of donations, with a goal of raising a total of $10,000. Every little donation helps us reach our goal so we’d so appreciate your support.