Sunday, October 5, 2014

Buddy WOD

Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month!!

Loving the new glasses!!!
As usual, I am late getting my posts out.  I have some updates and some news to come in later posts, but first, I have an exciting event to share!

In the past, we have done the Buddy Walk as our awareness event.  We have always been so blessed by the support we have received from our family and friends. Really -- it is quite humbling!  I know that when God gave us Anna, he also gave us our wonderful family and friends and community.

Unfortunately, last year we were not able to participate because of conflicting schedules, and this year our local group is not having a Buddy Walk.  :(

But, that lead us to come up with another fun awareness event - the Buddy WOD!! (Or 3x21 WOD for Awareness, or whatever you want to call it...)

I approached the coaches at the gym (box - whatever you want to call it) that Jonathan and I go to, and they were more than thrilled to help us plan an event.

So, on Wednesday, October 15 at 5 PM, Hackettstown CrossFit will be hosting its first Buddy WOD (Workout of the Day).  This will be a "Bring a Friend Partner WOD", meaning,  you do not have to be a member of HCF to join us for the sweaty fun.  The workout is doable and can be scaled for all fitness levels.  And, it's a partner WOD - which means you get to split the work with a partner. :)

The 3X21 WOD was programmed in a special way with significant reps and numbers (think 3 copies of the 21st chromosome).  

If you want to want to join us for the workout,  you just need to let me know so I can let the coaches know so they can plan accordingly. But, even if you don't want to do the workout -- please stop by and cheer on those who are sweating it out for Down syndrome!  It is going to be a great event!!

Also, we have decided not to make this an official fundraising event, but I have had a couple of people ask me about organizations to which they could make a donation (You all are so generous!!). So, below are the links to three organizations that we feel are great causes, that help promote and support individuals with Down syndrome, and other disabilities, and help them to reach their full potential.

The Candle Lighters - this is a non-profit organization that supports the Arc of Essex County (NJ), and most importantly to us - Anna's school.  They are kind of like the PTA for Anna's school -- but so much more!

National Down Syndrome Society - the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

Special Olympics - Anna has participated in the Young Athlete's Program in the past and we look forward to her participating more fully as she gets older.

Sooooo - mark you calendars for Wednesday, October 15 at 5 pm and come join us in supporting Anna, and all individuals with Down syndrome!