A bit of an intro for how we came about setting up our fundraiser event:
This adorable guy is Asher Camp. He has SMA - Spinal Muscular Atrophy.* His mother Amanda Camp and father Jeremy Camp both workout at L.I.F.T. (formerly CrossFit Lake Mirror) and parent two beautiful daughters. Knowing Amanda's caring nature, it didn't surprise me when she asked about hosting a fundraiser for Arms for Asher and SMA Awareness. What did surprise me, however, was how much of herself she poured into making it happen with so much already on her plate.
I don't think either of us expected what happened next: snowballing. With every person we talked to, more and more ideas started to flow. It became overwhelming at times, in the good kind of way. More than once, I handed a flyer to someone and their response was "What do you need?" Donations, registrations, participation, volunteers all started pouring in. The first thing my husband Robert asked me once the event was finished was "So, was all the stress worth it?" Without hesitation, "Absolutely" shot out of my mouth.
Because of the turnout. Because of all the people who showed they cared. Because of the energy in the gym. Because of all the hard swallows when Amanda introduced her situation to the room, holding back tears.
My one regret: I did not get the opportunity to introduce myself to everyone and personally thank you. Whether you were present, donated and couldn't make it, helped spread the word, worked out, volunteered, provided any support in any way - I sincerely thank you.
Below are links to all of the companies who donated their time, services, and/or products:
Our amazing DJ, Jamie - http://www.lisbon-ent.net/
Trisha with Clean the Bar Soap & Bulletproof Coffee - https://www.etsy.com/shop/cleanthebarsoap
Christi Allen Curtis photography - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unique-Portraiture-Photography-by-Christi-Curtis/292813782928
Natalee taking great workout pictures
Phil Ryan - self-defense class
Mandy with Nerium - http://nerium.com/join/mandysargeant
Laura at Mirabella's Salon & Spa - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mirabellas-Signature-Salon-Spa/162319367118381?rf=135684643170407
South Florida Striptees T-shirts - http://www.activewearcatalog.com/southfloridastriptees
The Juice Box - http://www.juiceboxcafe.com/
Leah with Rejuvenate! Body and Soul - http://www.rejuvenatebodyworks.com/
Bay Street Bistro - http://www.baystreetbistro.net/
Fitniche - http://fitniche.com/
Tony's Studio B - http://www.tonystudiob.com/
Salvatore Day Spa - http://salonsalvatoredayspa.com/
All of our members, volunteers, and participants! You guys all made this possible!
*SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants. SMA is caused by a mutation in the survival motor neuron gene 1 (SMN1). In a healthy person, this gene produces a protein that is critical to the function of the nerves that control our muscles. Without it, those nerve cells cannot properly function and eventually die, leading to debilitating and often fatal muscle weakness. SMA affects approximately 1 in 10,000 babies" (curesma.org). According to the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, about 1 in 40 Americans is a genetic carrier (gsf.org). SMA can affect any race and any gender.