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A Season for Giving Thanks

For us the season of gratitude starts with the twins’ birthday on October 30. Each year we have challenged them to collect their weight in food donations for our local food shelf in lieu of birthday presents. They love trying to match their weight and hauling all of those donations to the food shelf! We would all be very grateful if you could help them achieve their goal by bringing in your extra non-perishables by November 17.

Next up is Halloween! You may consider inviting the Switch Witch to your home this year to take that Halloween candy off your hands. Kids put their Halloween candy out the night after Halloween so the Switch Witch can take the candy and leave behind a wee gift in its place. Maxmead Fitness will be working with the Switch Witch and Operation Gratitude to collect the candy and ship it to our deployed troops and first responders overseas. Please ask the Switch Witch to drop off candy to Maxmead by November 10.

The next event in our season of giving thanks here at Maxmead will be the Wade's Army Workout on November 12. This is an open workout so all are welcome! Please bring your friends and family! The purpose of this workout is to raise awareness and funding for the fight against neuroblastoma – an underfunded pediatric cancer.

When Wade’s Army began in 2012, I listened to the story of Wade DeBruin’s fight against cancer, his leaving behind a twin sister and how his family picked up his fight against Neuroblastoma. Then I sat crying in my car, thinking of my twin boys, the same age as Wade and his sister.  The fact that childhood cancer research is underfunded prompted me to join Wade’s Army to help children fight for the chance to live the life they deserve. It could have been my kids. Each year since 2012, I enlist, get the shirt and perform Wade’s Workout.  My boys have joined in with me the past couple years.

Now I invite you to join me!

Come and do the workout. Support Wade’s Army and the battle against neuroblastoma by donating, or just by sharing your experience with others. Half the battle in the fight against pediatric cancer is awareness.

Wade’s Workout on November 12 also kicks off our new Sunday Workouts! We know how busy the holiday season gets, so once a month we will offer an additional workout on Sunday. Hopefully this will help you fit exercise in your schedule despite the many demands on your time.

We are grateful for each one of you and appreciate the time you choose to spend with your clan! Stay tuned for more special events during the Maxmead Season of Giving Thanks!