Hi. I'm Sally Bondurant. My husband is Svend Pedersen. We are long time members of Crossfit Nittany. We've come up with an idea for fundraising to support the UVA Medical Center which involves rowing and I think the best way to tell you about this rowing event is to tell you first how we came up with the idea and why.
As some of you know, our 27 year old son, Eric, has been bravely fighting testicular cancer since February 2017. Most recently, this spring, he endured 4 intense rounds of chemotherapy at the UVA medical center in Charlottesville VA. Early post chemo results are very positive and hopefully he will move forward for a long healthy life. We are grateful, so very grateful.
To honor his courage and strength, to extend gratitude to all who have loved and supported us, and to help others who find themselves fighting this disease, we want to raise money for the UVA Cancer Center and from our perspective, what better way to do this than by bringing our caring CFN community together for a row, a long row demonstrating strength, determination and love. Pulling together as a team and as a community. That's how you get through chemo and that's how you'll get through this event.
So here's the plan;
CFN Row for Research
Date: Sunday, September 16th. Tentative start is 8:00 AM
Who: 8-10 teams of 3-4 rowers
What: 3 hours of rowing for maximum cumulative meters
Each team encouraged to raise $ for UVA Cancer Center. You don't need to row to donate and you don't need to donate to row.
Sign up in CFN Lobby starting in August.
Prizes for most meters, best spirit, etc.
Asking family and friends for donations does not come easily or comfortably for us. You have all given us so much already with your love and support but the thought of supporting those who can make a difference through cancer research is empowering and motivating. So please donate if you can. Each donation will be greatly appreciated.
Update: Great news at last follow up appointment, July 30. Eric's scan and blood work remain clear/normal. He's feeling and looking good/strong.
1) Eric's most recent follow up, September 24, was 'all clear' and he continues to feel great, healthy and strong!
2) Congrats to our crazy rowing friends! September 16. 3 hours. 14 teams of 4 rowers each. 567,451 total meters rowed! Converts to 350+ miles! Energy. Power. Strength. Generosity. Love. Over $2000 additional donations made that day. THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!