Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Fitness Challenge

A few weeks ago, my friend Michelle, (married to Mike's cousin, Bill), announced a charity fundraiser planned for Thanksgiving morning in honor of her classmate and his wife, Matt and Kim Cariglio. Both husband and wife, (raising 2 young children), were battling cancer simultaneously -- Matt with Multiple Myeloma and Kim with stage 2 breast cancer.

The fundraiser, in support of the Cariglio family, is a Thanksgiving Fitness Challenge, being held at CORE Fitness in Providence on Thanksgiving morning. It includes a 3.1 mile walk/run, 30 minute total body circuit and 30 minute indoor bike. I don't know the family personally, but thought of the struggles they must be going through and wanted to participate. Since we won't be in the vicinity of Providence until after Thanksgiving, I've modified the challenge slightly (to complete locally) and made a donation to the Cariglio Family in lieu of the registration fee. (Sadly, Matt Cariglio lost his battle with cancer a little over a week ago, November 9th.)

I plan to follow through with the fitness challenge on Thanksgiving morning if any Cyclopaths want to join me! I'm heading out early to ride a quick 15 mile loop of Marblehead neck and the perimeter, ending at the Y -- where I've signed up for the 9 to 10 a.m. conditioning class, (substituting the 30 minutes of circuits with 1 hour muscle conditioning.) It almost matches the fitness challenge at CORE, minus the run.

My sincerest condolences to Michelle, the Cariglio family and to Matt's friends. Truly sad.