'LJ Marak HERO WOD'
This post is a long time coming so I apologize for the delay! On Friday, November 18th we hosted Friday Night Lights & did a WOD in honor of 'LJ Marak' a local HERO. We chose LJ as his wife Kim is a CrossFit & SweatFit Athlete at Prevail and they have 3 young sweet boys plus LJ was a HERO to anyone that met him! 100% of the funds raised went right back to Kim & the boys and are going to be used on a few things. One of the things LJ & Kim discussed before he passed was making sure that they continued spending as much time together as possible & doing the things they had on their wish list such as traveling to Arizona, doing activities together, & keeping the boys active. Our goal at our event was to give them a basket full of gift cards to be used for activities together and then give a monetary donation to be used for some winter sports for the boys & a trip for the four of them to Arizona! We are happy to report that we raised over $2,000 and the basket was overflowing with gift cards!
You can head over to our main CrossFit Prevail FB page's photo albums to see all the pictures from the event. Kim also had a message she wanted to share with everyone. Under Kim's post you will find more info about LJ and also a Thank You to all that donated the gift cards for their basket. Thanks to everyone that attended this event & helped make it so successful! :-)
To the Prevail Family:
We are well into this holiday season and I can't help think how different things are from last year. I also can't stop thinking about how wonderful the Prevail Family is. The support and generosity that we received from the Harvey Family and EVERYONE at the Hero WOD for LJ is by far more than I could have ever expected as a newcomer to the gym and this whole crazy fun CrossFit life. I am so new to it that I am just learning that a named WOD is quite an honor and a Hero WOD, even more so. Well let me tell you, LJ was never one for attention or being called a hero, but he certainly deserves it. And as we are ALL honored to have been a part of his Hero WOD, I know he was looking down on us with pride and feeling honored himself. He still is!
Thank you to all of you for being a part of such a special night for us. It has truly helped make the loss and pain in our lives a little less, especially during this holiday season. We are forever grateful and thankful to be a part of the Prevail family.
I hope your holiday season is as blessed as you have made ours.
-Leo, Ben, Sam & Kim Marak
LJ's story began in January 2014 when a mass was removed from his heart & lungs. Originally thought to be benign, the pathology report came back as a rare & aggressive form of soft tissue cancer called Synovial Sarcoma. After LJ went through radiation & chemotherapy they were hoping for remission. Unfortunately, the cancer returned & spread to his lungs. There was no cure for LJ and sadly he passed on August 23, 2016. LJ as a Huntley Police Sergeant for over 14 years.
WOD in honor of "LJ"
25:00 - Teams of 2:
-3 Cleans (155/115) (135/95) (115/75) ~ 3 Young Boys
-12 T2B ~ 12 years LJ & Kim were married
-14 Shoulder 2 Overhead (155/115) (135/95) (115/75) ~ 14 years LJ was with Huntley PD
-30 Box Jump Up & Over (24/20) ~ 30 is the age that LJ was when he became a Father. His proudest accomplishment was being a father & he loved his boys so much!
-37 Sit-ups ~ Sit-ups were something LJ hated to do but he was so happy when he completed the 37 Sit-ups in 1:00 that he needed to for the Huntley PD.
-40 Wall Ball Shots (20/14) ~ LJ was 40 years old when he passed away
-358m Row ~ LJ's badge number was 358
A Huge Thank you to ALL that Donated either a monetary donation or a gift card! We wanted to recognize those businesses that donated and those individuals that bought gift cards for Kim & the boys:
Nick's Pizza & Pub (Crystal Lake & Elgin)
Color Me Mine (Crystal Lake)
Lora Myers-Massage Therapist (Johnsburg)
Volo Auto Museum (Volo)
Wayne Jett & Sideline Marketing donated 2 Chicago Blackhawks signed pictures & framed
Kalck's Butcher Shop (Crystal Lake)
Alden Hills Organic Farms (Walworth, WI)
Raymond's Bowling (Johnsburg)
Just 4 Fun Roller Rink (McHenry)
Georgio's Pizza (Crystal Lake)
Camp Duncan donated 3 camp days for the boys (Volo)
Davis family donated Happy Jack's Ice Cream Gift Certificates (McHenry)
Willis family donated Regal Cinemas Gift Certificate
Froustis family donated Portillo's gift certificate
Kelsey Adams donated a Jewel-Osco gift card