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Tuesday 12/29/09 CrossFit West Houston

By Rob | In Workouts | on December 28, 2009

WOD

“Bugaboo”

200 Thrusters

M75/W45

CrossFit is full of stories about people whose lives were changed through fitness, health and community. Every one of us has a story about how CrossFit and those that are a part of it have impacted us and our families. What if you had never gotten the chance to do Fran? What if you had never even gotten the chance to walk? What if the simple act of breathing would one day be the hardest thing you ever did? And what if that all happened before you were two years old? This is the reality in way too many babies and children across the world. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the number 1 genetic killer of children under two, and yet most who read this will have never even heard of it. Children born with SMA will fight every day to control their own bodies and will eventually lose the ability to move, eat or breathe.

My son, Benjamin, was born on June 12, 2005 and left this world on December 29, 2005. He lived for just 200 days. He was an amazing person and an example to us all. He woke every day with a smile on his face and the courage to make the most out of what life had given him. Everyone who was around him was blown away by his inner strength and ability to light up any room he was in. Even as the days became more difficult, he never complained, never cried and never quit smiling. I can remember what an amazing feat it was the first and only time that he was able to reach out and touch something that was in front of him. He loved to watch Aladdin and he loved his Momma. Bug lived a simple life, but he was happy and he never let SMA get the best of him He was and is our amazing son, our little “Bugaboo.”

My daughter, Addisyn, was born on February 23, 2007 and she left us on April 18, 2008. She too had SMA, but she was quite different. She was a rock star and a fighter to the end. She loved life and all that it had to offer. At first, we thought she was SMA free because she moved so much and was so full of energy. The truth is, SMA had her, but she would not go without a fight. Addi fought every step of the way, she moved her arms, she ate real food, and she kept her spirit up until the very end. She loved her books and she too loved her Mom more than anything in the world, but most of all she loved being alive. We miss her so much every day.

I do not seek pity, and neither would they. I am writing this because the first step to fighting this disease is to get the word out that there is a killer out there that most don’t even know about. So when you are standing in a pool of sweat and someone asks you what you are doing, tell them. Tell them about my little Bug, tell them about Addi, tell them about SMA and tell them to spread the word. 3-2-1…Go!”

Please go to this website and post your load/time/CrossFit West Houston to the comments  section to show support and awareness.

https://www.curesmawod.blogspot.com/

17 Comments to "Tuesday 12/29/09 CrossFit West Houston"

  • Nicole Goldin says:

    December 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Me thinks this WOD was posted waaaaay early because SOMEBODY plans on having an adult beverage this here evening!!

  • Vanessa says:

    December 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Or he really wants us to think about this one! Very inspirational (and very sad).

  • Rob says:

    December 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Vanessa has it right! This was posted for reflection on this tragedy. Much like the hero WOD’s, it is the LEAST we can do is perform the WOD’s to memorialize.

  • Nicole Goldin says:

    December 29, 2009 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Levity from sadness with private reflection. Sorry if I offended.

  • Vanessa says:

    December 29, 2009 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Oh, no worries Nicole…no offense taken.

  • Ben Abruzzo says:

    December 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to say thanks. Every drop of sweat means the world to my family and all that are affected by SMA.-Ben Abruzzo (Bugaboo’s Dad)

  • Steph D says:

    December 29, 2009 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    14:18 RX’ed

    I love memorial WODs– it sure brings out the guts and heart in a workout. I was so proud finishing this.

  • Ryan H says:

    December 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    18:44 Rx

    That was one heck of a WOD. Happy to take part in this and help spread the word.

  • Rob says:

    December 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks to everybody at CFWH for participating in this awareness WOD. Great job suffering through this workout. It was a tough one!! Great job everybody!

  • Rob says:

    December 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Steph D :

    14:18 RX’ed

    I love memorial WODs– it sure brings out the guts and heart in a workout. I was so proud finishing this.

    Steph you smoked this WOD!!!

  • Brian says:

    December 30, 2009 at 7:01 am - Reply

    WOD: only did 150 thrusters b/c of time
    TIME: 10:00 flat w/ 10:20 of rest 🙂

    That was a crazy WOD. I’ve never met Steph or Ryan, but you guys are studs. I thought I’d be able to get the 200 done in 20:00. A little optimistic there. Ran out of time, so only did 150 thrusters. Whoever thought of that WOD is a little sick in the head. That’s CF for you!! Thanks Rob!

  • Brian says:

    December 30, 2009 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Wish I could retract that “sick in the head” comment…
    I guess if I’d read ALL of the post and what this WOD was all about, I’d have pushed a bit harder through my pain and also made sure I FINISHED it! Sorry guys!!

  • Rob says:

    December 30, 2009 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Brian :Wish I could retract that “sick in the head” comment…I guess if I’d read ALL of the post and what this WOD was all about, I’d have pushed a bit harder through my pain and also made sure I FINISHED it! Sorry guys!!

    Hey Brian,

    No worries. We are all a little sick in the head for attempting some of these WOD’s :). But what really matters is that we do attempt the WOD’s. We do suffer through them. We do feel the pain, the anquish and the triumph. We refuse to let these obstacles get in our way. We overcome. We practice life at CrossFit! Keep on keeping on!

  • Daniel J says:

    December 30, 2009 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Awsome WOD We teamed up for this one! 400 Thrusters with Daniel B for a time of 28:17min. @ 55#… What a great cause!

  • Steph D says:

    December 30, 2009 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for your encouragement during it Rob :). For some reason, everytime you tell me to pick up the bar again I actually do it.

    I slept like a baby last night. Good job everyone!

  • Allison says:

    December 30, 2009 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I know my post is late because I’m just now looking at the website. But my lifelong friend who now lives in Dallas just lost her 5 month old daugther, Emily Kate, to SMA. 1 week before Thanksgiving. Emily Kate also spent her few months on earth smiling for friends and family and “blowing kisses,” she was a true angel on earth. After reading the story about Bugaboo and Addi I was in tears but also very proud that Crossfit is helping to promote the facts about this terrible genetic disease. I too, was shocked to learn about how many infants are lost and that it is almost unheard of but now look just how many more people are aware of it because of this one CrossFit WOD on this one day!

  • Shane Gibson says:

    December 30, 2009 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for your efforts and comments! It means a great deal to Karen and I, as well as our friends Ben and Tasha, and of course for the greater cause. We will be doing this again next year and I hope you will join us again. Thanks!

    I tried to make it by your box yesterday to thank you personally, but time just wasn’t on my side. I can’t thank you enough.

    Please remember to post to the awareness wod site http://www.curesmawod.blogspot.com

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