A huge thank you to all who came and donated! We were able to raise just shy of $1700 at the event not including online donations!
Help us raise money for member Brandon Holiday by joining us for a group fitness marathon on Saturday morning March 18th. Take non-stop group fitness classes from 8am-11am for a suggested but not required donation of $15. Jump in and out of classes as much as you like or try to stick with it for the entire 3 hours! The classes will change every hour so you always have something new.
Not only will there be group fitness classes but there will also be a Puppy Kissing Booth! Get your picture taken at our booth with a puppy or service dog to help raise money so Brandon can compete in the upcoming Paralympics.
Around back of the Plymouth Shopping Center
200 West Ridge Pike
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Saturday March 18th
Class schedule coming soon.
Open for members and non-members.
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If you can’t make it but still want to donate you can donate here!
“Always in the fight”
Brandon Holiday is a former decorated police officer and a person living with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself. He also has Addison’s, and a rare blood clotting condition. Due an on duty injury in the line duty and medical complications he was unable to continue as a police officer. In 2006, after four months in the hospital battling with blood clots, wound care and hyperbaric chamber treatments, doctors had to amputate his left leg below the knee.
Since that time, Brandon has successfully paddled his kayak into five gold medals at the United States Sprint National Championships, becoming the 2014 and 2015 K1, Paracanoe men’s 200m & 500m United States Paracanoe Sprint Kayak Champion and the 2014 Master’s 35+ Able Bodied 500m Champion. Winning two years in a row is an incredible accomplishment for any athlete, but even more incredible given that he has had 10 heart attacks and other medical issues caused by the lupus. Lupus can cause symptoms, like chronic fatigue, loss of organ function, blood clots, pleurisy, and other severe symptoms which can affect him on a daily basis.
In 2016 he achieved his greatest accomplishment making Team USA, National Paracanoe Team. Brandon traveled to Duisburg, Germany to compete with his teammates at the International Canoe Federation, World Championships, which is the Paralympic qualifier for the Rio Paralympics. He was unable to advance to qualify for Rio, but now has his eyes set on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
As an elite athlete there is a commitment that has to be made, and sacrifice to stay competitive and achieve the competitive edge for international and national competition. Elite level athletic competition is very expensive as due to equipment, training and travel costs. Many athletes can’t support themselves due to inflation and the rising cost of living and there is limited to no support from the sport’s national governing body. It’s no secret that athletes live below the poverty line; I am not paddling for the money, but the honor and pride of representing the United States. I struggle, but am focused on my dream, the 2020.
In order to begin training at the next level I need to purchase a new sprint boat which cost approximately $4,000. The newer model boat is sleeker, faster and the next evolution in gaining the competitive edge and speed as an athlete to represent the United States in future competitions
Athlete website www.brandonholiday.com