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Swedish Cancer Institute, “Family 2”

by Sheena C.

Community is often used when it comes to CrossFit. To me, the Foundation CrossFit community is like a second family where I constantly feel: proud, strong, encouraged, challenged, supported, inspired, cared for, and loved by my gym family. When I first started CrossFit I wanted all of my family and friends to try it or join the gym because I wanted them to experience that aspect of being a part of a gym. How many of you have met someone at the gym and became really great friends with them outside of the gym? Like best friends (yes, we see you). Like more than best friends (yes, we see ya’ll too) and then the latter but we still support one another. Undying support and unconditional love. That’s what I feel this community brings to me.

Without trying to convince family, friends, or strangers to join the gym I would love to share that same undying support and unconditional love to them. Help me share the love by signing up to donate to one of the two families we have adopted through the Swedish Cancer Institute Holiday Family Program! Small acts of kindness can go a very, very long way. We have bins set up at the gym for all your goodies. Monetary and gift card donations are also accepted. Thank you for being an integral part of my second family and thank you in advance for showing extra kindness by supporting our “adopted” family!


Family 2:

Family B is a married 41 year old woman with three adolescent children.  She is diagnosed with metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and has progressed through multiple treatments, including a clinical trial.  She is not on immunotherapy.  Throughout treatment, her primary focus has been on her children’s wellbeing and minimizing the impact to their lives.  Thank you for helping to make this holiday a little brighter this year!


The last day to donate items will be Sunday, December 18th. Please contact Sharla or myself if you have additional questions. Thank you!

Swedish Cancer Institute, “Family 1”

by Sheena C.

Last week we shared a message from Sharla S. about our gym adopting two families from the Swedish Cancer Institute via their Holiday Families Program. What does it mean to adopt a family? It means that we choose to help them directly by providing items on their wish list. If you haven’t already seen, we have a sign up sheet at the gym and if you are able to, please sign up to donate an item or two to these two families! We also wanted to share that a monetary donation or gift card(s) are available as items to give. I’m not sure about you guys, but aside from giving birth to a wonderful baby girl this year, 2016 hasn’t been the best year. Let’s end the year right by continuing to embrace each other, give and love more this holiday season*.

Family 1 story:

Family 1 is a family of four. Patient 1 has been in treatment for metastatic breast cancer for many years and is disabled from a leg fracture two years ago due to metastases. Family finances are tight, as they live on her husband’s income alone. The cost of gas, parking and groceries can feel overwhelming at times on top of the long “to do” list for maintaining her health. Patient 1 works hard to be present with her husband and 13 and 20 year old children.


The last day to donate items will be Sunday, December 18th. Please contact Sharla or myself if you have additional questions. Thank you!

*Family 1 has requested not to receive any Christmas related items.

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.

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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!

Support Brett this Sunday!

One of our morning athletes, Brett H., is in the running for Seattle University’s first annual Mr. SU this Sunday, April 17th.

“The Mr Seattle University program is committed to providing the students of Seattle University with the opportunity to enhance their personal and vocational development through scholarship programs and community service. Contestants compete in fundraising, lifestyle and fitness, talent (lip-syncing battle), on-stage interview, and evening wear.

The competition commences at 5p.m. at the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University. Doors open at 4:30p.m. Parking is available on site at the Murphy garage off Cherry/James Street.”


A note from Brett:

Hey Foundation CrossFit!

As many of my morning workout friends know, I will be competing in the Mr. Seattle University pageant this Sunday, April 17. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Brett and I moved to Seattle about a year ago from North Carolina to attend law school at Seattle University. I chose Seattle because I knew I needed a destination if I was going to go back to school and I had heard lots of great things about Seattle being a beautiful city near many outdoor activities. I’m happy to say Seattle has not disappointed! Joining Foundation CrossFit was one of the first things I did when I got to Seattle and I cannot imagine my move without the friends I have made at Foundation CrossFit.

By winning Mr. Seattle University this year, I will not only have the pride of knowing that I won the first annual Mr. Seattle University, but I will also be awarded a scholarship prize (something no student would ever complain about). Ticket sales make up the largest portion of points towards winning, so if you are looking for an entertaining way to spend your Sunday evening and want to show your support please purchase some tickets on my behalf! Ticket can be purchased here: for $15 if you enter the promo code mrsupresale before Friday.”



Again, you can purchase a ticket HERE. Tickets are cash only at the door, $20 on the day of the event. If you use the code BEFORE FRIDAY: mrsupresale you can purchase a ticket for $15. You’ll be supporting him by purchasing a ticket under his name (so you don’t HAVE to attend the event on Sunday to support) Brett Harris. Will he do a dance or juggle for the judges? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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Your Teams for Mission: 2016 Goals

We asked you what you want to accomplish in 2016, but now what? The hardest thing about setting fitness goals is sticking to a game plan and putting in the necessary work. We have your back on the coaching side of things, and we’re asking you to come together to motivate each other towards common goals.


Based on your holiday card responses, we’ve grouped you into specific categories so you know which gym-mates are working on the same objectives. A great support system leads to great success! Utilize each other’s energy to keep yourselves accountable, drive each other to stay consistent with training, and get together and attend skills classes (stay tuned for a class schedule update once we complete the Open). If you named more than one goal, you’ll be in multiple groups–hey, the more the merrier!

Starting Thursday, Feb. 4th, we’ll post up your names on the community cork board, which will take position front and center at the gym. Look for your name and see who’s on your team roster(s). This is also an opportunity to get to know more of your fellow FCF-ers!

For right now, our focus is on preparing for and finishing the Open, then we’ll get right to work with specific programming and added Skills Intensives classes to get you that much closer to your vision for 2016!


Congrats Coach Andrea & Dan!

by Sheena C. 

Most of you know that our morning coach, Andrea, was expecting her first child with her husband Dan this month. We are proud to announce that she gave birth to Declan Patrick on Tuesday, January 26th at 9:20pm. He’s a healthy 6lb 9oz baby boy! Both mama and baby are doing well at home.



Andrea was told by her midwives to “let everyone know at CrossFit that she made having a baby look easy” 🙂 WHOOHOO!! Andrea & Dan have a Meal Train set up. If you are interested in signing up (bringing them a meal and visiting for a bit) then please send me an e-mail for the link.


Congratulations Andrea and Dan and welcome to the world baby Declan!

Best Coast Wines Tasting – You’re Invited!

by Sheena C

A special invitation from one of our athletes, Nick S.

Nick grew up in downtown Chicago and moved to sunny California as soon as he could. Unfortunately, it was only after he moved that he learned that San Francisco is mostly foggy and grey. He ventured out to Napa and Sonoma in search of sunshine, but instead returned with a passion for wine. After years of working in finance and then grad school, Nick decided to combine his professional expertise with his love for Californian wine, starting Best Coast Wines in 2013 with a childhood friend / winemaker named Grant Ebert. Nick is a Certified Sommelier and is passionate about crafting versatile, food friendly wines for the table.

Nick used to love attending the mid-day CrossFit classes, but since he recently picked up his day job, he’s had to deal with getting up painfully early for 6 AM class or dealing with the painful Cap Hill parking situation to get to 6:30 PM class.  Still worth it!  His favorite is HellaFit on Sundays because his wife Gabby will come with!


Hi Foundation Friends!

Come join us on Saturday November 21 at Barrique Wines for a FREE tasting of our Eight Sides current releases. Nick and Gabby will be pouring our:

– 2012 Paso Robles Zinfandel
– 2013 Monterey Pinot Noir
– 2014 Paso Robles Viognier

Light snacks of charcuterie and fromage will also be served.

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All of our wines (as well as many others from our friends at Barrique) will be available for purchase, so you can find your new favorites with Thanksgiving right around the corner!

See you there!

– Nick & Gabby

Our BoTB Event Recap

On Saturday, we held our first-ever fundraising event–Best of the Breast–to raise funds for breast cancer programs at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

40 athletes participated and donated their time and sweat for a good cause!

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We snatched 1,127 kilos!


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We clean & jerked 1,495 kilos!

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We performed 2,669 burpees in 14 minutes!

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By the end of those 14 minutes alone, we raised $2002.85! We’ll have an official total after November 7th, the submission deadline for all the outside pledges from friends and family. 100% of the proceeds go to SCCA.

We also celebrated the accomplishments of some standout athletes and handed out a few prizes (passes to Banya 5 and tickets to the movies to unwind after a job well-done):

Jennifer W. completed the Most Burpees in 7 Minutes at 123 burpees!


Racquel R. was our Most Spirited!


Jo K. and Jeff P. were the Top Fundraising Duo of the day at $400!

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Thanks to everyone for making FCF’s first Best of the Breast fun, bright, and sweaty. We have an amazing and generous community. We couldn’t do what we do without you. This is the first of more to come. Until next year!

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The numbers are in and our grand fundraising total is $3448.57!!! That’s an additional $1445.72 to what we raised the day of the event.

Stefanie K. won the prize for collecting the Most Pledges at 15 people, so it’s no surprise that she is also our Top Overall Fundraiser!

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Thank you again to Stefanie and the rest of you who participated for making FCF’s Best of the Breast a success!