CrossFit enthusiasts prepare for the “Holly” workout at CrossFit Utility on Saturday, July 13.
Images courtesy of Bruce Gates.
Doug Price knows a little about wanting to help people. As a 13-year veteran fireman and paramedic, he has made it his job to help people in need. So, when one of the members of his CrossFit Utility gym asked for help, he didn’t think twice. Troy Haslinger, 38, had been working out with Price for the past year. He had recently lost his 39-year-old sister, Holly, to colon cancer and had created a cancer charity in her honor called Life Is Good No Matter What. The charity grants cherished experiences or wishes to adults with advanced cancers. “Life is good no matter what” was his sister’s mantra throughout her 18-month battle with the disease.
Haslinger is an “out of the box” kind of guy in his approach to life. His methods for running his charity and raising money were no different. What better way to be “out of the box” than by doing a fundraiser in a box? “When Troy approached me about the idea of doing a workout with donations going to the charity, I didn’t hesitate,” Price says. “I thought what he was doing was very admirable. Anyone who has watched someone they love suffer through terminal cancer understands that giving them a break from their disease and a reason to smile is a worthwhile cause. It's a great way for us to get together as a community and give to something that is bigger than us.”
Since Holly was in essence a “fallen soldier” in a cancer battle, Price thought it fitting to name his physically grueling WOD in her honor. “In CrossFit there is always a point in a workout where you feel like quitting or taking a break, but you know you can keep going,” Price says. “Life is the same way — sometimes it knocks you down, and you can either lie there or you can get back up and keep plugging away. CrossFit teaches you that you are capable of more than you think you are.”
According to Haslinger, he learned a lot from his big sister about getting back up when life knocks you down. “Whenever I’m having a bad day, I think about my sister and how she was able to say ‘Life is good no matter what’ while battling cancer — it really helps to put my own problems into perspective.
Trainer Lauren Rutan completing her 100 pull-ups as part of the “Holly” WOD
Image courtesy of Bruce Gates
“Getting the support of the community through fundraisers like this one is invaluable because it allows us to spread the word about our mission to continue creating cherished experiences for adults battling advanced cancer,” Haslinger continues. “We are extremely grateful to Doug Price and the 50 CrossFitters who came out on July 13 and helped us raise $1,600.”
Haslinger’s charity has granted two cherished experiences already this year with a goal of granting two more by the end of the year. “We know that we can’t cure these people of cancer, but we can help them end their journey in a joyful manner, and that is one of my primary goals,” he says. “Offering a cancer patient a break from their battle, a break from thinking about treatment schedules and doctor’s appointments is a priceless gift — one that we hope to keep giving to recipients for years to come.”
Life Is Good No Matter What’s second recipient, Angela Glass Madal, died six weeks after being granted a weekend getaway to Chicago with her mother and her daughter. “Angela’s mom told us that those memories we helped to create are something her family will have forever,” Haslinger says.
For more information on how to get involved with Life Is Good No Matter What, call 855.544.6691 or visit www.lifeisgoodnomatterwhat.org. — Kathy Johnson