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No One Fights Alone
Written by Cat Blatner

I feel very fortunate this morning. I was able to wake up in a comfortable bed, completely healthy, call my mom, get ready for my day, taking a shower with warm water, eat a healthy meal and make myself some coffee; all things that are so simple, yet overlooked and so easily taken for granted – because it’s our everyday routine.

Yet, for some, this simple, everyday “routine” isn’t the case. The everyday routine to some includes waking up in a hospital bed, or waking up with a chemo concoction with breakfast, or driving to the cancer clinic for radiation treatments. On top of caring for themselves and/or others, putting food on the table, or paying those dreaded medical bills. They are not going to work or let alone going to the gym and fighting for every rep in a workout. You know someone like this, you’ve most likely have worked out beside them and you most likely have been inspired by them to dig deeper. Here is your way to pay it forward for that Everyday Warrior.

Meet Brittany Gill

Just over two weeks ago, the world had to say goodbye to a particularly amazing warrior, Brittany Gill, who had been fighting cancer for almost a year now. Brittany was a very special soul and brought a light to this world that will not and cannot be replaced. Because of the many lessons that Brittany’s fight has taught, her legacy live on forever.

One of the first impressions I had of Brittany was when I saw this photo go up all over Facebook:

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Yes, she is in fact overhead squatting her IV pole. In a moment of what most would consider darkness and fear, she picked up her IV post and made the world smile with it. I had to meet this woman, and a few days later I was lucky enough to do so. Since the day I met Brittany I have never heard a single complaint about the pain she was going through, I never heard one single complaint. NOT ONE. Can you even imagine? That is true strength. She put her head down and battled for her life, a battle that most of us can only imagine going through and she did it while smiling and bringing light to her own life as well as others.

How Can You Help?

It’s a strange thing to sit here and try to wrap my mind around what true loss is. The loss of someone like Brittany is a lesson to me. I’m not going to take for granted the time I have been blessed with on this earth and I will make the most of what I have been given. My goal is to portray the depth of importance to get people involved into a new Non profit organization called Everyday Warrior that Brittany started just a few months ago.

Everyday Warrior is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded with the primary mission to financially support, inspire and empower individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and are currently undergoing treatment. Everyday Warrior was brought to life so that others who were going through the same battle could feel comforted and supported – because NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO FIGHT ALONE. Brittany’s goal was to provide funds to those people who were diagnosed with cancer to cover the costs of the many bills that come in tow when dealing with cancer. Every penny from this organization goes straight to the pockets of these people. The last thing someone should be worrying about while in this battle is money and together we can truly make a difference. I know that the perfect tribute to Brittany would be to grow this organization above and beyond anything she thought could be possible and help her community feel comfort during one of the hardest times of their life.

Brittany wanted everyone to get involved in a very special way. Being a CrossFitter, it was only appropriate that she begin a fun online competition called The Battle Series. Brittany’s goal is to have 1,000 people sign up for this online competition hosted by Everyday Warrior. I say, “Only 1,000?! Lets crush that number!” This four week competition includes one workout a week for all levels of ability. There are Masters, Rx and Scaled divisions to make sure that the competition can include all CrossFitters, rookie or veteran!

I look forward to doing these workouts with my fellow Invicti!

Everyday Warrior Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/EverydayWarrior2014

Video From CrossFit HQ: About Brittany Gill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8aDGJUAzQD4

Published on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

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