You’ve seen the in-club poster. You’ve read about the event on Facebook. You’ve seen the YouTube video.
This post is not about the buzz surrounding our Ultimate Xtreme Challenge on Saturday, September 17th.
It’s about the little boy whose memory we’re honoring. It’s about the Midtown family coming together to help the foundation created by one of our own. It’s about directing the love of a good challenge toward something wonderful.
Member Kathleen Hermann talks about giving back, pushing hard, and making a difference.
Studies have shown that people who give –whether in the form of time, money, or support – are more satisfied with their lives. In fact, one of the best ways to overcome stress is to do something that helps someone else.
This is why I am so excited to participate in the club’s Ultimate Xtreme Challenge on Saturday. To have the chance to give back to a very worthy cause (and knowing that 100% of the proceeds go directly to that cause) while doing something that provides a hefty mental and physical challenge is a win/win situation.
We all like to make a difference. Giving feels good – especially when you are able to give back to yourself along with it. Proceeds from this event will benefit “Crosby’s Fund.” Crosby was a courageous toddler who fought through a disease no child should ever have to experience – a rare form of childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma, which affects the sympathetic nervous system. All who knew Crosby were touched by his life and inspired by the bravery and strength demonstrated by someone so young.
Crosby’s family has belonged to the club for many years.
This event is about the Midtown community, and Crosby’s community of family and friends, coming together to support a cause greater than ourselves.
Crosby’s Fund was created through The Wish List Society, a group of young professionals who support the Wilmot Cancer Center. The Wish List Society’s new mission is to create a research grant for pediatric cancer research, which they’ve named Crosby’s fund.
The challenge itself is a training course where members and guests push our limits at different stations to accomplish as many reps as possible in a set period of time. Although there are awards for the top three males and females (calculated by points earned at each station), everyone truly wins, as the challenge is a personal one.
Fun and food will follow the event. However, those with busy schedules, take note. The challenge will not take you four hours to complete. The hours are set between 8:45am and 12:45pm, which is really just a window of time during which, at any time you choose, you can complete all the stations. The harder you push, the sooner you’ll complete the challenge.
Marathon great Hal Higdon once said, “Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.”
His words apply to this challenge in many ways.
They apply to Crosby, who endured with bravery and spirit a disease that waged war on his young body. His words apply to Crosby’s family and friends, who grieve their loss of Crosby’s time on Earth and are using their pain to raise funds that help all childhood cancer patients.
And they apply to many of us, who on our personal journeys to fitness often need to test our limits to remember how strong we really are.
It’s not too late to sign up for this exciting event by calling the front desk at 461-2300.