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November 11, 2015

Week in Review: Week of November 1st

People always ask us what our weeks are like, well here you go. A new feature we call “Week in Review”.

November 15, 2013

We’re Raising Money for Ovarian Cancer Research

What Does P90X 3 and Ovarian Cancer Have in Common?

Simple answer is us.

295815_1931687019159_1404640075_nMy step mom has been fighting cancer since 2001.  Of all things, she was actually diagnosed after  9/11/01, a day we all remember well.  For her it was twice as bad.  She went in for a hysterectomy and woke up 8 hours later with Stage IIIC fallopian tube cancer, a rare and unusual cancer.  It’s treated the same as ovarian cancer, hence why we’re donating to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund here in NC through the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation.

After the surgery, she experienced 3 years of remission that were followed by 4 re-occurrences and surgeries.  Over the last 12 years she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, discovered she had a BRCA1 gene mutation, and finally a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia in 2010.  In her words she got what she called the “Triple C Club Membership”.  Obviously, it’s not a club you want to be in, but I love that she can put a humorous spin on it.  All in all, she’s had 8 surgeries, over 90 chemo treatments and 46 radiation treatments….at last count.  That number has and is constantly increasing.

In a recent blog post that she wrote for one of the local cancer magazines, she said:

I am often asked how I’ve been able to cope on this journey. I believe that my faith has been the largest factor in 382063_10151319378367891_35797151_ncoping. And of course, my family, friends, and church have been a strong foundation of support. I couldn’t have made it this far without all of the knowledgeable doctors, nurses, and staff at both the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and our gem of a cancer center here in Washington. The support programs here are amazing. I’ve taken advantage of the yoga classes, the soothing massages, the Look Good Feel Better program, the Healthy Living with Cancer seminars, the Lunch and Learn series, and most of all, the Healing Words journaling seminar.

Talking and writing about my cancer and just about life in general helps me survive. My husband, Ray, teases me that even the grocery store clerk knows I’m a cancer survivor! The best way for me to tell you what the Healing Words seminar has meant to me is to share something that I’ve written about the program. I hope that you’ll consider journaling as a means of coping with cancer. It has certainly helped me to understand the turning points of my journey.

You know divorce is a large part of a lot of peoples’ lives.  Alisha and I both have experienced divorce and Carly now has 4 sets of grandparents because of it.  I wish I could tell you that my relationship with my step mom has always been good, but truth is, it wasn’t.  We had some rough times when she and my dad first got married.  I wasn’t the man I am today, I did not have the life experience or maturity to see the situation for what it was or understand it.  What I can tell you is I will never forget the day she was diagnosed and being at her bedside in tears.  And that day was the beginning of a relationship that I wish I had been open to earlier.  I remember that moment, knowing that all the petty stuff didn’t matter and that this woman was an amazing woman and that I truly did love her.  I realized that I loved her because she made my Dad happy, because she treated my daughter like her own.  The memories and stories that I could tell you of the things they’ve done with Carly would rival the love and affection of any grandparent, I promise you that.

1011069_612784435406709_1269301063_nI see her as a woman who lives each day to the fullest and takes nothing for granted.  She constantly teaches me, just by the way she lives and fights, that life’s daily journey is a valued one and we should not take anything for granted.  I think most would agree that’s a lesson we often need to be reminded of, but not for a cancer patient.  They have no choice but to be reminded everyday.  Most importantly, I love her very much for what she’s done for me in my life.  Our relationship has made me a better man and taught me some life lessons that I don’t know I would have otherwise learned.

When it comes to research for Ovarian Cancer, it doesn’t get the publicity that Breast Cancer gets, it’s not adopted by the NFL and almost every city in America with a ton of 5K’s etc, as a matter of fact, until I became familiar with it, I didn’t even know the teal (guess that’s what you’d call the color) or blue-greenish ribbon was it’s symbol.  By no means am I knocking breast cancer at all, she’s a survivor of that as well, but ovarian cancer is mostly funded by families of people who are touched by it.  I take that responsibility very seriously, which is why we’re teaming up with the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation’s, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which her doctor is directly involved with.  We’ve donated money quietly to it repeatedly over the last year or more, as our business grew….but recently her cancer has come back, and honestly, with vengeance.

 

 

What We’re Doing to Raise Money

ovarian-cancer-ribbon-magnetWith her battle getting increasingly more challenging, I knew we needed to step up our efforts.  I know there’s a lot of hype and anticipation around P90X3, and I also anticipate that we will sell quite a few copies due to the relationships we’ve been fortunate enough to build with people via You Tube, local Fit Clubs, social media etc..  In doing so, we’re going to donate 20% of all proceeds from the P90x 3 Challenge Packs and 10% of all proceeds of just the P90X 3 dvd purchases to the research fund.  In addition, we’re holding a fundraiser at our local free fit club workout on November 25th for anyone in the Charlotte area who wants to come and workout for a good cause.  If you would like more information or directions, just contact us and we’ll get you all the info.

The fundraising will not be solely based on P90X 3 sales, we’re going take the same percentages from every sell we make over the next 2 months and donate, but again, we’re using P90X 3 to get the word out.  Our goal is to raise at least $2000 between now and December 31.  I hope we go way past that mark.  I’ll update this blog weekly starting on November 25th with the numbers so far, so check back often and I’ll post it here.  Make sure you click the P90X 3 ads on this page, so you can get on the mailing list with all the information you’ll need and help us with this effort when it launches on December 10.

LCI logoI personally will be donating more money to the fund for my own reasons, my point in writing this was not to try and get you to buy P90X 3 from us, although I want you to obviously, but to really communicate with the people who are already working with us and are already committed to doing the program with us in December and January….that you are going to help us make a difference…and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Without you and the relationships that we’ve built, what we’ve done and what we’re going to do wouldn’t be possible.  We’ve given back to a lot of charities, and don’t normally make a big deal about it, but this one is personal and I thank God everyday for you and the people we’ve yet to meet who inspire us with your transformations and who have become our friends and made us better.

So thank you and God Bless.

September 4, 2013

Live Local Insanity Classes in Charlotte

Insanity Charlotte Classes and Focus T25 Charlotte Classes!

live insanity charlotte classes

Join us for free local workouts including LIVE Charlotte Insanity Classes from certified Insanity Instructors as well as the opportunity to experience Focus T25, P90X, Insanity, Turbofire and more!

We host T25 Charlotte Classes and workouts as well as Live Charlotte Insanity Classes on Mondays at Sunset Road Baptist Church.  2317 Sunset Road at 7pm sharp.  You can also join our Meet Up group and learn about other classes we have in the Charlotte area here.

For more information on our live classes or to schedule a free workout in our own personal gym, just click HERE and we’ll be in touch shortly to answer any questions you may have.

June 5, 2013

What is Interval Training? A.K.A. Insanity?

What the heck is Max Interval Training?

Example of max interval training

Max Interval Training vs Your Traditional Workout


Interval Training – or some refer to it as “Max Interval Training” – is used in more intense workout programs like Insanity that enables people to improve their fitness performance by interspersing high-intensity work efforts (also known as drills) with short periods of recovery.

So in the workout Insanity, it works both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. During the high-intensity drills, the anaerobic system uses the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen) as fuel. The anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen, creating the burn you feel (lactic acid) as a result. During the recovery time (usually 30 seconds to a minute) your heart and lungs work together to return the oxygen to your body and break down the lactic acid.  The aerobic system uses oxygen to break down and use stored carbohydrates and turn them into energy.  So your body is working both systems, which in return, gets you greater results.

The benefits of interval training with Insanity will blow your mind. Just check out my friend Billy’s transformation before & after he did Insanity!

Instead of working out moderately with short bursts of intensity, Insanity uses interval training techniques to feature longer periods of of high-intensity exercise with short periods of rest in between. Usually 2 minutes of drills and 30 seconds of rest.

The Max Interval Training Concept Used in Insanity

As you see in the chart above, it perfectly illustrates the difference in intensity level between your “Traditional Workout” whatever that may be (Jogging, running, squats, etc.) and Max Interval Training.

By flipping what we have known in the past and causing the body to work harder with short periods of rest, Insanity has brought into the fitness world the idea of Max Interval Training. That’s when you use explosive cardio moves and plyometric drills, along with nonstop intervals of cardiovascular strength and power for the ultimate in conditioning programs.

Best part, nobody has to see you if you don’t want them to, because you do it in the privacy of your own home.

 

Is Insanity Right For Me?

Years ago, I would have answered that question with much less clarity.  Today, I can truly and confidently say it absolutely is. Max interval training is the way you want to go, that is, if you want super sonic, insane results.

After we became certified Insanity Instructors, where we teach live classes in the community, I realized that this program is definitely for everyone!

A friend of ours in Atlanta was telling me that her most popular Insanity class is with Senior Citizens. Why? Because as they put it this way: “We’re not dead, we still want to move!”  She actually showed us some amazing modifications that will allow anyone, from an elderly person, all the way to a person who is 100+ lbs overweight to do Insanity and get the benefits of interval training, while also proving to themselves that there’s nothing out there they can’t do and get amazing results.

Click HERE to learn more about modifications we have for Insanity.

Do you have any Interval Training tips or have a favorite workout that incorporates Max Interval Training? Please share them in the comments below!

 

June 5, 2013

How to Modify Insanity Workout Moves

How You Can Modify Insanity Workout So Anyone Can Do It!

One of the biggest things we run into with the Insanity workout program is fear.  Fear of the name first of all, “Insanity” sounds pretty intense. Then there is the fear that they just can’t do it. I wish you knew how many people tell me “that it looks too hard”, or “I could never do that!” Especially people who are 250+ pounds and older ones.

But believe me. It’s possible.

In May of 2013 my wife Alisha and I became Certified Insanity Instructors. While going through the certification we learn all the possible ways to modify moves to the Insanity workout I never would have thought about, the modifiers will allow you to still get a great workout on the right muscle areas but with a much lower level of intensity.

In this post I’ll be sharing many of the moves I learned. And I even made a video you can watch, if you prefer to do that rather than read 🙂

Proof That Anyone Can Modify Insanity and Make it Work

I always thought that if you were way over weight or older that Insanity was just not for you… I was dead wrong.

Insanity is great for those who are older, even elderly, or very overweight.

I wouldn’t have told you that before I got certified, but lucky for you and me, I went and got certified to teach live Insanity classes. In these classes, we learned some really “no brainer” modifications for Insanity that will allow anyone, and I mean anyone to be able to do this workout.

Genelle – our master instructor – told us that her most popular class for Insanity is senior citizens!  You read right, senior citizens.  She told us that they said “We’re old, but we’re not dead! We still want to move.”

Now if that doesn’t put some of you to shame, then I don’t know what would.

Demonstrations of Insanity Modifications

Now, for your viewing pleasure, in the video below you’re going to see several of the moves that we feel are the most challenging, presented in a way where someone who’s 100lbs or more overweight or has limitations can do Insanity. Enjoy!

Discription of the Insanity Modifiers

Each modifier outlined below is what I’ve shown in the video above.

Squat Modifiers

One of the first things that people have issues with is squats. Maybe you have some knee problems or knee issues and you can’t go all the way down. A couple of things you want to do is:

  1. Limit your range of motion. Try not going so deep into the squat. Make that you are into your heels, leaning back pushing your butt to the back. And not go down quite as far.
  2. Don’t do a squat. Pull your knees up. Almost like you are doing an exaggerated march with high knees hitting your hands to workout those same muscle groups but without having to bend over at all.

Level 1 Drill Modifiers

Instead of going down into a plank position, doing a pushup and then jumping back up, all you need to do if that is too much for you is:

  1. Do backward lunges. Stand straight up, step back into a lunge position, raising your arms into the air nice and level with your head, step back into the straight up position, lift your arms back into the air over your head and then alternate stepping back again with the opposite leg you started off with.

You can easily use this as a modified move, it is still a total body movement working the same muscles just at a much lower impact than jumping on the floor, do push ups and jump back up.

Push Up Modifiers

Okay when it comes to push ups a lot of people struggle with pushups. I’m talking about anybody that’s ever not been out of shape or that doesn’t workout the thought of pushups scares the heck out of them. I know that’s how I felt when I first started working out. Or maybe you aren’t scared to do them, but you get lots of pain in your elbows! There are lots of different options that you can choose from here:

  1. Do push ups on your knees. Just position your knees apart (about shoulder distance apart), then just go down and push yourself back up again. This modification uses way less body weight.
  2. Again. Limit your range of motion. Whether you are on your knees, or even your feet, you can limit your range of motion. Even if you are only dropping down 1 inch, that’s perfect! As you get stronger your range of motion will increase.
  3. Use power stands or push up bars. If you have wrist issues, I highly recommend them. They help you keep your arms and wrists aligned and straight so you don’t have to bend your wrists as much.
  4. Do Wall Push Ups. If you have wall space, you can literally lean on your wall. Put your hands on the wall, placing your feet as far back as you are can that’s within your comfort zone so that you are getting a workout in your upper body chest muscles and just do a push up against the wall. This will also help if you are having some wrist issues.
    • This one is similar to a modifier below for Mountain Climbers and Walking/Moving Push Ups, but with a slight… Modification 🙂

Walking, or Moving Push Up Modifiers

Doing walking, or moving push ups is a difficult and advanced move. Use the modifier similar to the wall push up, but with a little twist to take some of the intensity out of it so you can still get a great upper body workout:

  1. Use a wall. Get into the same position as if you are going to do a wall push up, but keep your hands close together, go down for the push up, move your right arm & leg out, do a push up, while coming up bring your left arm & leg back into your right arm & leg, do a push up and go back the other direction.

So it’s the same exact move as a walking/moving push up on the floor, except you are just moving down the wall using far less body weight to do it and far less pressure on your wrists and not as much body weight required.

NOTE: Because you are moving and leaning against the wall, please make sure that you are not doing this in a safe area, not on a slick floor, rug that can move around, OR that you run out of runway on the wall. I don’t want you to slip and fall 🙂

Mountain Climbers Modifiers

Full on Mountain Climbers is a pretty intense move in itself. If you are having issues getting on the floor, again for wrist issues or whatever other reason, a great modifier is again very similar to the wall push up modifier:

  1. Use a wall. Get into a similar position as the wall push ups, leaning against the wall, except you do the move bringing your knees up into your chest, or as high as you can get them keeping the weight on the wall.

Power Jumps Modifiers

Power Jumps are one of my most favorite moves in the Insanity workout, and they are also one of the hardest moves to do. However, they are high impact especially on the knees or if you are having some ankle issues, these will be hard for you to do. SO, here is a great modification to try out:

  1. Squat knee lifts. Go into a squat position, go as deep as you can based on what you are able to do. Then come up lifting your right knee up and touch your hand. Do the same thing on the left side and keep alternating sides.

This is a great modification because it will definitely work you out as much as you need.

Summary On Modifying Insanity Moves

The key with these modifiers is to be safe, listen to your body. If you have an injury, go to your doctor and have it checked out, don’t be stubborn about it, be smart and be proactive about getting help. The worst thing you could possibly do is injure yourself even more, be down more and miss more time you could be working out and changing your body.

Reach out to me in the comments below or go to our contact page if you’d like more tips on modifications.

What modifications are you using in your workouts?

February 26, 2013

Does P90X Work? Yes, It Changed My Life!

How P90X Started Me on My Fitness Journey!

How My Journey Started

I was 255 lbs and sitting at a size 38 waist, and the 38 was getting tight!  It’s funny looking back on those days, because I never really considered myself fat, I just considered myself to be big or a little overweight, but never would have called myself fat.

I can’t even tell you when I started putting on the weight.  When I met Alisha, I was around 175lbs, give or take some, and had what she called “the college beer belly” but nothing major.  Then by the time we got married, the weight had already began to accumulate and then after we were married, it’s like it just happened….and happened quickly!

The only thing I can remember and pinpoint, is the point where I was afraid to take my shirt off at the pool or beach.  The feelings of insecurity began, the self confidence began to dip, my relationship with Alisha was not what it used to be, for the main reason that I didn’t feel good about myself.  Pretty simple to figure out now, but back then I wasn’t putting the pieces together yet.

It was funny, how I would find things to fill the void, whether it was food or buying things, you always try to feel the void with something else.  I can tell you where that will get you, fatter and more in debt.  It’s not a good recipe for happiness and I have a feeling it’s something more people experience than they want to admit.

The Day That Woke Me UP

So it was in January of 2008 and we had one of those “dusting” snow storms, where there was enough snow to cover the satellite dish and keep it from getting a signal.  Alisha woke me up at 7am and said she couldn’t get the tv to work and was wondering if Carly was out of school.  So I, being the genius that I am, go outside in my lawn-mowing shoes (no tread on the bottom) and decide to put the ladder up against the house and try to get to the dish to knock off the little bit of snow that had accumulated.  Now looking back, I should have just taken a broom and stayed on the ladder to brush it off, but that would have been smart, and wouldn’t have led to a life changing day.

I brushed the snow off the roof (unknowingly just exposing a sheet of ice) and put one foot on the roof, and then began to take the other foot off the ladder, you can guess what happened next.  I immediately, as if in a cartoon, had my feet slide out from under me and fell 10 feet, landing flat on my back on top of a landscape border (one of those log type things).  I literally saw my life flash before me.  It hurt like hell.  I crawled, and I mean on stomach like a baby who can’t walk, crawled to the house.  I was in so much pain, I couldn’t breath and literally tought I was bleeding from the inside and had broken ribs.

Alisha got me to the hospital, they ran all kinds of test and found out that I only had some serious abdominal bruising.  The doctor told me that I was very lucky and that normally people who have that type of fall are either dead or paralyzed.  I can back that up, I have an uncle who’s been paralyzed for years from the waist down from a similar fall.  Alisha then asked a question, out of pure curiosity I think, but none the less an attention grabber, she asked the doctor if the fact that I was so large if it helped, and the doctor said….yes.

Now there’s two ways to look at that, one that being fat saved my life or two, that it’s really sad to know I was that fat.  I chose to take the first approach.  This served as my “a-ha” moment.  They sent me home doped up on some good pain meds and told me to stay in bed until I could heal.  The next morning I get a call from the doctor who stated that when examining my c-scan that he noticed early signs of arthritis in my lower back.  Now I knew my mom’s family had that in it’s history, but I was 33!  That is too young to be hearing this and feeling like this.  All the pieces began to really come together quickly.  I then realized that I was a 33 yr. old man in a 60 yr old man’s body.

Then I Saw The P90X Workout

So as I’m laying in bed, I see the infomercial for P90X.  Something about it caught my attention.  I have never bought anything off of the tv, especially not a fitness dvd, but there was something about it that got to me.  The testimonials seemed real, they were different from what I had seen in the past.  I now know why, because they are real, the ones you see in the infomercial now are all people I personally know, so I can tell you it’s very real.  But I felt like I wanted to look into it.

I’ll never forget, Alisha got home from work, and I told her that I wanted to get P90X.  She looked at me like I was crazy.  She was like “yeah right, you’ll never stick with it.”.  She was justified for saying that, in the years prior, she had seen me go through phases of running on our treadmill and lifting weights on my old bench from high school, only to stop after a week or two.  So I could understand her hesitation.

So I began to research it and found the program Power 90, the program Tony first came out with before P90X.  I was intimidated by P90X and felt like Power 90 might be a better choice.  People ask me if I could do it over again, would I go straight into P90X, and I can say yes, but at the time I needed Power 90.  So we got it, we did it together and I lost about 30lbs in 3 months.

My Coach

So when I bought Power 90, I was assigned a coach from Beachbody because at the time I didn’t know anybody who was a coach, and was lucky to get my dear friend Monica Ward.  Monica is the reason I became a coach after I lost all the weight.  Why?  Because she showed me the value of a coach and how the support of a coach can get you to the finish line.  She never let me quit.  She plugged me into the message boards, because this was before Facebook, and would call me at least once a week to check in and say hey.  She began to build a relationship with Alisha and I that turned into one of our closest friends (in her and her husband Dave) that we have today.

She taught me that P90X does work, taught me how to make it work for me and how to help others get the same results.

P90X Begins

So we graduated to P90X.  Wow, it was a whole new ballgame.  Neither one of us could do a pull-up to save our lives!  It took me a good 2 rounds of P90X before I could even do 5-6 pull-ups with out a chair or some type of assistance.  I tell people all the time that it’s a journey and you have to be patient.  I remember the first time I did Plyometrics, I thought I was going to die!

We stuck with it, again with the help of our Coach Monica, and the transformation was crazy!  I remember telling Monica I wanted to look like Cameron Mathison, because at the time Alisha loved him on All My Children.  Monica was like, “ok, we’ll see”.  She understood something I had yet to grasp, that it’s not about looking good for superficial reasons, it’s about being healthy for the right reasons, the superficial stuff will happen by default.

P90X changed my life, no exaggeration, it did.  The Kenpo workout is what made me want to do Karate, Plyometrics does p90x work?made me want to start playing basketball again, and the rest of the program started to build the rest of me that I see in the mirror today.  It’s a cool feeling when your wife gives you a hug and says, “I love your arms” or “your chest looks good in that shirt”.  I’m telling you, that stuff right there is priceless.  Of course I return the favor, I tell her all the time how hot she is and how good she looks in a 2 piece.  Looking back on our marriage, I can’t remember us EVER telling each other stuff like that … ever.

It’s Now a Lifestyle

To date, I went from 255lbs. to 179lbs. at my lowest.  I’ve done several rounds of P90X, graduated to P90X+ which you now get for free with P90x, and then moved on to Insanity, The Asylum and more.  It’s truly become a lifestyle for us and our daughter.  Every year that goes by, Beachbody comes up with another new program or we learn about other things that we can incorporate, like our Paleo lifestyle, but it’s really about staying with it.  I can’t believe it’s been 5 years this year.  We are truly addicted to fitness, but it’s not really the fitness as it is the way we feel that’s addictive.  And I’m ok with the word addicted, because in this case it’s a good term to describe what everyone should be addicted to.  I used to be addicted to burgers and fries, now I’m addicted to feeling amazing and setting a good example for my daughter.

You Can Do It Too!

It’s hard to throw a rock in a crowd and not hit a person who has P90X or Insanity.  Most of the people we meet, have it but never finished it.  My advice to you is this, make yourself a priority and commit to doing it.  Reach out to us and let us coach you through it.  If you don’t have it, you can get it from us, let us do for you what Monica did for us.  Let us show you how with the right support and tools, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.  It’s not about what you suck at or how hard it is.  If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!  Things worth having, are worth working for.  Do you want your wife or husband to say to you, the things Alisha and I say to each other?  I have a feeling you do.

Let us put you in one of our Challenge Groups with either a P90X Challenge Pack or an Insanity Challenge Pack.  By joining our Challenge Group, we actually may PAY you for your results, assuming you commit!  We pay people for their transformations so that we can inspire others with real stories!  You’ll get Shakeology for almost nothing with the Challenge Pack and what I tell people is, give it 2 weeks, if you don’t like the Shakeology, then we’ll get your money back and move on without it – no risk to you.  Regardless, it has a 30 day money back guarantee, again, no risk.  We’ve yet to have anyone who did it, not like it and get results with it.  I’ve been on it for 4 years!  The programs themselves have a 90 day money back guarantee.  When you pair them with Shakeology, the results are amazing.

It doesn’t matter where you live, Monica was in Phoenix and we were in Charlotte!  Our challenge groups work no matter where you are!  The stories speak for themselves.  We want you to be one of those stories.  Question is, are you tired of being sick and tired?  Are you ready to make the change?  Are you ready to commit to a 60 or 90 day challenge that could change your life?!?

So if you are still asking “Does P90X Work” or wondering “How to make P90X work for you“, just CONTACT us today or click!  Can’t wait to work with you personally.

September 27, 2012

NC Fit Club Coaches Visit Hospitality House of Charlotte

We had the honor of volunteering and meeting some amazing families at the Hospitality House of Charlotte NC.  The Hospitality House is a non-profit organization for families in medical crisis.  They survive 100% off of charitable donations and volunteer efforts.   Hospitality House is more than just a place to sleep. Their guests know, firsthand, what it feels like to stay where everyone knows the stress you are under, and people are here to give a hug or lend an ear to listen. As one guest put it, HHoC is a “port in a storm.”  This is not only a place where families from all over the world stay, but also, where they find common comfort and emotional support in one another…a home away from home.  I found about this through my own step-mom who’s been battling cancer for over 10 years and has stayed there in the past.  I knew what an amazing place it was and how special the people were who worked there.

So we gathered a group of coaches and went to volunteer our time and prepare a meal for the families and patients there.  It was humbling and tragic to hear the stories we heard and to see the horrible things some of them are going through. It would amaze you the strength these families have.

I met one lady who had been at the hospital all week sleeping on the floor in the waiting room as her son who was there because of a self inflicted gunshot wound was in and out of surgery.  Beside her was his 10 year old son.  It made my heart break as a parent to see the pain she was going through and to also realize the other side of it, which was what the little boy must be thinking and experiencing.  After sleeping on the floor for a week, the lady’s sister had donated the money for her to stay at the Hospitality House and finally have a bed to call her own while in town.

Meeting these families will make you realize how short and valuable life is and how lucky we were to have the good fortune that God has blessed us with.  One of the workers at the Hospitality House, Libby, said to us “You may think you have it bad in life, but there’s always someone out there who’s got it worse.”.  Man, did that hit home.

If you’d like to donate your time or money to the Hospitality House of Charlotte, please visit them here.  And if you’re not in Charlotte, there’s probably a Hospitality House in your area that could use your help.

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