A Message From Sharla

Greetings FCF family!

The holidays are here and what better way to celebrate than giving to others who could use some cheer!? In my non-gym life, I work at the Swedish Cancer Institute as a social worker providing supportive counseling and resources for cancer patients.

One of the biggest factors of getting though cancer treatment is being connected to a support system. For some patients, support may from a partner or family members, and for others, this may come from close friends, a faith community or co-workers. Sadly, many patients have very limited support or none at all. Feeding off all the positive energy from the Boobie Benefit this year, I am reaching out to the FCF community to help with food and small gift donations for two special families effected by cancer.

14522902_10105694443541398_8254111326421087368_nBrian C, Ann-Marie D, Sharla S, Craig Y after our Boobie Benefit 2016

The Swedish Holiday Family program is an annual tradition where patients are nominated to receive extra support during this time of year. Those nominated in this program are selected directly by the Social Work team. The donors remain anonymous and are given a “wish list” from the families. Most of these patients are in the middle of treatment and often don’t have the time or energy to even buy groceries for a holiday meal. One meal for these families means one less thing to worry about. For those interested in participating in this cause, donating one item from their personalized wish lists below will go a long way towards making a difference in their lives.

I’ve seen firsthand the impact our gym community can make and strongly believe that we can positively contribute to those in need. Sheena and I decided to help two families and will be posting their needs on a sign up sheet in the gym. You can even bring in the grocery bags to the gym, farmers carry style! Donations from the list will be collected in the “Swedish Holiday Family” boxes (one box per family) until Sunday, December 18th. Please feel free to reach out to me or Sheena if you have any questions. Thank you!