At our staff retreat last month Katrina and Kyle talked about the idea that Team Fight, in addition to raising funds and awareness of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, is also a wellness program for it’s participants. Some of the people that have been most inspirational to the team at UCF haven’t gone through a personal cancer experience or lost a sibling or a parent to cancer. Some of these people (like myself or our new Communications Manager Rachel) got involved in Team Fight to “get a slot” in a sold out race. Many of these people end up as some of our most involved participants and advocates for the Ulman Cancer Fund. We like to call them our “Community Ambassadors!” Regardless of the reason, their lives are also changed by their involvement with the organization!
Some of these people get involved because their big sister (moi!) tells them to. Both of my sisters have joined in the fight and were instrumental into the success of the Blue Jeans Ball. Both of them are now living a more active lifestyle and getting involved in the multisport world! One of my sisters, Jenni, was one of the first people to sign up for the ING New York Marathon with Team Fight and was lucky enough to get one of the 5 spots! She is also racing with “Team Booty Sweat” in the Half Full Triathlon (again), volunteering with the Cancer to 5K program in Howard County, (again), and is captaining a team for the 24 Hours of Booty event that benefits UCF.
I also want to give another shout out to Team Fight sponsor Shawn Chevalier and Hardbody Outdoor Fitness. I have mentioned Shawn in some of my other blog posts, but I recently got to spend some time with his “people” and they have made a big impression on me, an even bigger impression on my sister Jenni. She started going to his HOF workouts last fall. You can tell how great a personal trainer is by the clients who support him. Who else gets a bunch of women to run their first 10 miler – wearing his company name on their butts? (and it was THEIR idea!)
Check out one of Shawn’s workouts – he has videos on his website. You can get a free trial for a week. They meet at Meadowbrook park at 5:30 am on weekdays, starting next week. If you’re not a morning person (like me), they will have sessions in the evenings later this spring. “Like” them on Facebook to get announcements! The best part about his program is that he focuses on “eating right and moving more for success” – it’s not just a work out, it’s a fitness program.
People like Jenni and Shawn are inspirational to those of us who work at UCF, but here’s what Jenni has to say about working as a volunteer for the Ulman Cancer Fund – “the cancer survivors at Cancer to 5K are an inspiration to ME, and I am just doing what I can to help!”
We are surrounded by such great people, that it is hard not to be inspired to do more to transform the lives of young adults affected by cancer! It’s an upward spiral!