I’d like to introduce you to some of our 2018 Virtual Ironman Team Members from around the country! Each member made a donation to get on the team in the Spring, and then committed to exercising 140.6 miles or more before September 30.
Rosalie Clark is a wife, mom, and grandma who has made exercise a priority in her day. Using Beachbody on Demand, she endeavors to stay fit to keep up with her six granddaughters and grandsons, ages 3 through 10 years! She is glad for the accountability through the Virtual Iroman to persevere in her exercise regime. A couple times a month she enjoys baking Clara Cookies with Rebecca and her team. Rosalie and her husband clean several homes and offices. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and making greeting cards. She and her husband are active members at Ada Bible Church. Rosalie is from Ada, Michigan.
Cathie Rosado and family from Landisville, Pennsylvania:
“It is summer time and the kids are out of school. It is becoming all too easy for them to slide into a habit of excessive hours in front of the TV and computer. With the recent sale of a small family business that monopolized many of our summer weekends we seem to have more “free” time. The family business involved a fair amount of physical labor which kept me in decent shape, but with that now gone I need to find a plan B. I started looking into local gyms and found one that would be ideal for our family but it’s a little on the pricey side. While contemplating joining, another idea popped back in my head which I recalled hearing about back in February at a Brittany’s Hope Volunteer and Donor appreciation dinner. I brought up the website for Team Orphans and started looking around for that virtual thing I sort of remembered. There it was, the Virtual Ironman. The accountant in me did the quick math. If we did about 1.5 miles per day we could actually accomplish it. Now for the real question. Could a 5, 7, 9, and 12 year old really do it? I opted for a test drive and took the kids to the high school track a few blocks from our house. In under an hour they exceeded the 1.5 miles with a combo of walking and running. They seemed genuinely interested in doing it so why not, let’s go for it. The track makes it easy for me to keep track of the distance each child is going and allows them to go at their own speed while still being within my sight. Bringing bikes into the mix is helping them rack up miles faster and keeps 7 year old Joshua engaged. The kids are also learning a great life lesson about how to break a really big goal into little bite size pieces that you attack every day. When I get home from work they are excited to head to the track. Who would have thought a non-runner, not particularly athletic family would sign up for such a seemingly large challenge. Of course there is the added bonus that behind it is a great cause. Adoption is close to our hearts. Lydia, Caleb, Joshua, and Nathaniel have an older sister, Mila, and older brother, Navo who were adopted into our family and are presently serving in the Marines and Navy.”
Cori Eagan is a 37 year old woman who has always been very athletic and active. She says, “I became particularly focused on my health when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. Since then, I view diet and exercise in a completely new way. Food is my fuel and exercise is my body’s way of detoxing, energizing, focusing and optimizing health. This challenge was a great way to not only stay motivated in my own personal exercise goals but to make a difference in a child’s life at the same time. What a great opportunity! Thanks for letting me be a part of it.” Cori is from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“My husband, Rich and I adopted 3 biological siblings from the Foster Care system in 2014. When I’m not running, you might find me tending to our flock of 30 chickens, digging and planting in the vegetable garden, singing at the top of my lungs while running the lawn mower, herding one of our 4 cats, or playing with the dog. I first became interested in running in 2017 after a 107 pound weight loss. I wanted to try something more physically challenging than walking. Now I am working to compete my first marathon in order to raise monies that will help provide education on the effects of trauma in adopted children to child welfare professionals.” Beth and her family also live in Michigan.
More team members to come…………