On Wednesday, Shoreline CrossFit athlete, Meghan Elgee posted on Facebook that she had a friend in need. Her 33-year-old friend, Sara, was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Her medical bills have piled-up, leaving her no choice but to ask for some financial assistance.
Within mere minutes, a makeshift fundraiser was born. SCF athlete, Al Carocci, offered donations per every burpee that Meg could complete within a 10-minute time cap. Once again, within minutes, more and more pledges were coming through.
This was for a friend of a CrossFitter; in fact, it wasn’t until after that we learned Sara was a former CrossFit athlete at CrossFit Norwalk prior to her diagnosis.
Yesterday, about 40 of SCF’s athletes came by at 11:45 to do more than just watch Meg complete her burpees. They came not only to donate, not only for moral support, but to give Sara, her sister, and mother hope as they watched Meg crank out 125 burpees with tears in their eyes.
You see, yes, I believe that CrossFit is the best way to get physically fit. Yes, I love to compete. Yes, I love what CrossFit has done for my physique. Yes, I love what CrossFit has done for me mentally. And yes, I even like the way I feel before, during, and after a CrossFit workout. But what I love most, what makes CrossFit CrossFit for me, is the community it draws. The camaraderie… the forty-some-odd people who made it a point to interrupt their Saturday to give a girl that they don’t know, some faith, not only in the fact that she will beat cancer, but in humankind.
I just love this community.
We will still be collecting funds for Sara’s cause. If you are interested in donating, you can give it to any coach and we will get it to Sara, or you can go to her GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/6321a8
Thank you all for doing more than raising a few thousand dollars yesterday. Thank you for raising the spirits of more than just Sara 😉