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Family and Friends Day For Childhood Cancer

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Welcome to your PRCF Blog.  Here will be all events and information pertaining to the gym.  This week we have an event!

Join us for a CrossFit workout to raise money for The Tomorrow Fund.   One of our members, Donna Sweet, and her  family needed The Tomorrow Funds assistance for their daughter and it was some of their darkest hours.  Eight years later, they are happy to report their daughter is happy and healthy.   Many families don't have that same outcome. 

Help PRCF help local families who are battling childhood cancer.  Come out and compete or come on and cheer on those who do! They will need your donations to help skip those burpees!

We hope you will also consider making a donation to the Tomorrow Fund as well.  You can donate directly at PRCF on Saturday!

CrossFit for Childhood Cancer - The WOD:

There is a "Buy-In": 25 Burpees

For every $10 you raise, you can erase 1 Burpee.  

Raise $250 and you can SKIP the Burpees. Trust me, you will want too!

Then:

AMRAP 10:00 minutes of

20 box jumps (or step ups)
20 sit ups
20 squats

This workout is open to EVERYONE!  If you are new to PRCF we will be happy to show you how you get this done.  It is also our family and friends day so come down and bring someone who may be interested in checking out what CrossFit.  We will have raffles and refreshments for all athletes and spectators!

Here is one members' story, 

from Donna Sweet

If ever saw the movie Patch Adams then it is a small idea of how The Tomorrow Fund helps families.

Sarah was 4 when I brought her to Hasbro for a pediatric ultrasound for what I thought was a bladder infection.  In short order a radiologist was brought to the room.  The tears were now turning to panic, though I could never make heads or tails of an ultrasound before, the round circle he was measuring was obvious, as were the white dots all over it.

My doctor was called and in minutes I was brought to meet Dr. Forman, the angel that would later be our hero, and still a family friend.  The clerk had walked me to the doors of The Tomorrow Fund clinic and I cried when I read the sign Pediatric Oncology/Hematology.  I asked her why I was here, and she apologetically told me I was here to see Dr. Forman.  It was the first time the word Cancer would escape my mouth.

Sarah looked at my and asked so sweetly, "Are we still going out for our Big Girl lunch?"  Since we were heading to Providence, I figured an IMAX and lunch had was in order.  I knew then it was time to put my big girls pants on, I had a little girl to be strong for.  But it was Sarah Sweet that taught us about strength.  Two surgeries later and a good prognosis, she cried only once.  Despite the tubes, the three fast, the 6 inch scar along her abdomen, she cried once.  How dare they not let her wear her favorite Princess night gown.

Her tumor, Ganglioneuroblastoma, had 16 blood supplies and was termed a one in a million intermediate tumor.  Though benign, it had encapsulated some very nasty and aggressive blastoma cells.  Our cancer scare ended there.  Thank God.

The Tomorrow Fund motto is that medicine treats the cancer, but the Tomorrow Fund treats the family.  They are the only organization of their type in the country.  They are solely funded through donations, so we made it our mission to never forget the Child Life specialist who visit each day to play and make kids forget they are sick.  We will never forget the Parent Advocate, a mom who lost her child to cancer, that visited us each day to hold our hand, to answer our questions, to remember how it felt to be in our shoes.  Each day Sarah was hospitalized, they paid for our parking and gave us a food stipend to defray the costs of eating in the cafeteria.  Hospitals feed patients, not their caregivers.  When we attempted to give he money back, we were given a stern warning to take the money and leave.  When we told them we were OK, save it for a family who needs it, we were told we were the family that needed it.  They suggested we take our kids to the movies, buy them some ice cream and treat them well after such a traumatic event.  Our visit was small, our jobs secure, but for others they are not so fortunate, The Tomorrow Fund helps when finances are tight....to pay utilities, educational testing to assess the effects treatment may have had on development, for funerals if needed.  All of this solely from generous donations.

Each summer after for several years, Sarah was invited to Camp Dotty, a one week camp at the hospital garden.  We went for three years, and her brother was a guest too.  They recognize that not only Sarah was affected, that siblings suffer too in many ways.  The Tomorrow Family treats the family.   #forevergrateful

 

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