Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good
I have been given the gift of knowing how to make people sweat. But that is not why I became an activist in the Fit Philanthropy movement. I work hard at a career as one of the recognized leaders in America today of the fitness movement. But that was not the impetus for my philanthropic involvement either.
I became engaged—really engaged—with Fit Philanthropy because my son was born with a rare medical disorder.
The emotional roller coaster ride
There wasn’t a medication or therapy available to heal him or the future of our small family. There was no money for research anywhere. In the blink of an eye, my husband and I were given an unrequested ticket to ride a medically inspired emotional roller coaster complete with ups and downs but missing the platform to exit.
As a fitness expert and as a mother, I found a path to merge these two loves in my life and Fit Philanthropy became another passion in my life. It has benefited not only my son, who is today a thriving 11-year old who has surpassed all the doctors’ expectations. It has benefitted thousands of people in need.
Needed the support of our community
My husband and I knew that our situation was rare and far too complicated for most people to embrace intellectually or financially. But, we needed the support of our community. I rallied family, neighbors and friends. I found that everyone wanted to be a part of something and that a small “cause” (no matter how small) made this uncertain world we now lived in a little less scary. Truthfully, throwing myself into sweaty fundraisers for cancer, rebuilding backyards for widowed young mothers, raising money for fire ravaged public trail renewal, supporting a local dog shelter, cycling for rare cancer research, climbing for injured veterans – —all taught our son how great his life is – it showed him (and us) the perspective we all needed.
STAY TUNED FOR JJ’’s NEXT BLOG POST AS SHE CONTINUES THE STORY OF HER SON, FIT PHILANTHROPY AND HOW YOU CAN BECOME INVOLVED.