We are raising money for one of our PrettyFit Athletics members Kate, who is running the Boston Marathon this year for Children's Hospital. We are committing to do as many Burpees as we can in 1 hour!!
~ $25 "Buy In" (donation)
Venmo (@JackieMiele), Cash or Check please
~ Do as many Burpees as you can in 1 hour! (you can take as many breaks as you need!)
~ Prize for the most burpees!
Every 25 Burpees that you complete = 1 ticket into the raffle
Every additional $25 donations that you bring in = 1 ticket into the raffle
~ Bake Sale! Buy some goodies to recover from all those burpees! All proceeds go to the fundraiser!
If you do not want to participate please consider donating anything you can and/or coming down to the gym to cheer us on! We will also stream the hour live on Facebook so if you can't make it down there you can still watch us struggle through all those burpees!
Click here for the Facebook Event page
Here is Kates story...
Dear Friends and Family,
I have been given the privilege to run the 2019 Boston Marathon for Children's Hospital Boston.
As most of you know, I have run this marathon before for Children's. I have been asked a few times since, why? Why in the past have I run and why would I do it again for the third time?
After much thought, here is my why.....
Children's Hospital has been a vital part of our lives since the day our first son was born in June of 2002.
Cole was born 10 weeks early and spent his first few critical days in the NICU at Children's Hospital. Our 3 lb baby boy was one of the healthiest patients in that NICU, believe it or not! Cole has thrived and done so well considering his early arrival. He is currently followed by the Endocrinology department at Children's Hospital.
Our daughter Ella was born with a swallowing disorder in 2007. She was a patient of the CADD (center for Aero-Digestive Disorders) team until she was three years old. With their help, she has made a full recovery!
Our middle son Jackson (born 2004) was diagnosed in October of 2010 with Undifferentiated Spondyloarthropathy. It falls under the umbrella of Rheumatic Diseases (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). It took months and a few different specialists at Children's to diagnose Jackson. During those months, we spent a lot of time at Children's and he endured MRIs, CT scans, bloodwork, scopes, and various appointments. He is currently followed by the Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and Ophthalmology departments at Children's. He takes a few different daily medications as well as infusions every three weeks. This year seemed relevant to run because it is the ten-year mark from when he first started to present with symptoms. Because of the amazing care he receives at Children's, he is able to be a three-sport athlete and misses very little school time.
I am also running this year in honor of a co-worker's son, Joey Segreve; he is a little spitfire. He was diagnosed on 6/7/18 with a Wilms Tumor of the left kidney. He started his first chemo treatment less than five days from his first symptoms - all because of Children's Hospital. He has since powered through the removal of his left kidney as well as the tumor, 22 weeks chemo and 6 radiation treatments as well as 3 blood transfusions. He will turn two on 12/15/18 and his family cannot wait to celebrate this next milestone!
In reality, our families are some of the lucky ones. We have good health insurance, a strong support system and most importantly we get to take our children home at the end of every appointment. There are many parents and children who spend days, even months, at Children's fighting their illnesses.
As I ask you to donate today in support of my run for Children's, I do not ask you to do it for me. I ask you to donate for Cole, Jackson, Ella, and Joey as well as all of the other children who have received care from this amazing institution.