#heartstrong @KFIT

Hello friends! Happy February to you all! We are one month closer to warmer weather and 400’s around KFIT, yay! Did you know that February is Heart Month? I am going to get a little serious in this post to tell you some facts from the American Heart Association and why Heart Month is so significant to my family.

First the facts: Heart disease is the NUMBER 1 killer of woman, causing 1 and 3 deaths each year. That results in 1 woman dying every minute!! Those are staggering numbers! Physical inactivity, smoking cigarettes, high cholesterol/blood pressure, and obesity are some of contributing factors that can lead to stroke and cause death. I am not a doctor, but I am smart enough to know the choices we make now, will 100% effect us in the long run. Not rocket science here! With that in mind, keep up all the hard work at KFIT, in your daily life and definitely in your kitchen! Just by coming to class you are working toward lowering your risk for heart disease! I encourage you to look at the facts  for yourself and see why women are sporting red in February!!  Together we can bring awareness to Heart Disease.

My Story

Heart disease directly affected my family in 2010 when my sister Kate was pregnant with my niece Ella. She was born with a lot of uncertainties and was was diagnosed with Double Inlet Double Outlet Right ventricle, With Pulmonary Stenosis. Ella has overcome quite a bit in her short 6 years on this earth including 3 major heart surgeries, countless nights at Children’s Hospital, and more doctors visits and procedures that most of us fortunately, will never have to experience. According to the American Heart Association, at least nine out of every 1,000 babies are born with a Heart Defect. Reasons for heart defects are unknown, whether they are environmental or genetic, heart defects can affect anyone. Early detection and testing is crucial for treatment and more options are available with life changing technology. My family is incredibly thankful for the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at Children’s for all they have done for Ella, and other families affected by CHD. Ella’s story is not short, and therefore I am summing it up with her latest endeavor. Due to Ella’s condition, she was placed on the list for a heart transplant in April of 2014, and on May 28th, 2015 she received the greatest gift of all time, a new beautiful healthy heart! Words can not express our gratitude for Ella’s organ donor and their family. Ella’s is now 8 months post transplant and I am happy to report she is thriving and just being a “normal” kid:))) She loves school, riding bikes and she just started hockey like her brother, Logan whom she idolizes. She is pretty damn amazing! Ella’s mom, my sister Kate, is also pretty damn amazing and she is running The Boston Marathon on the Miles for Miracles team for Children’s Hospital. Kate wants to give back where she can to help raise money for Children’s so that kids like Ella can continue to receive the very best care possible. My sister is by far the strongest mom/woman I know. I am so proud of her, and I want to help her reach her goal of raising $5,000 for Children’s Hospital. She is halfway there!

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This brings me to heart month at KFIT! Our goal as a gym is to help raise awareness and  support Children’s Hospital so they can continue to make miracles happen like Ella’s!

Hero WOD Ella

*On Sunday, February 14th, at 11am we will be doing Ella’s hero WOD. You may remember it from the summertime when we first did it at KFIT. You will be able to sign up for a small donation that will go to Kate’s Boston Marathon fundraising efforts. Thank you thank you thank you! Please wear red or pink to our workout!

Check in For Charity

*Also, we will use the hashtag #heartstrong to check into KFIT throughout the month of February and Kerrie has graciously offered to donate a dollar for each check in to Kate’s marathon fund.

Bring a Friend Week: Feb 8th- 12th

*Lastly, for a $5 donation, you can bring a friend for to ANY class during the week of the 8th through the 12th (with the exception of 5:30pm Friday). Come see what KFIT is all about and support a great cause!

I am excited to be bringing awareness to Heart Month on a personal level with my fellow KFITTERS and hope as many of you that can, will join us for the Ella WOD on the 14th. #heartstrong 💜 Love you all! EM

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