I first learned about Just for J back in 2015 when I got a job working with Special Education at Pike Middle School. I was placed to work one-on-one with Jacqueline, who is the "J" in Just for J. Shortly after spending some time with J, you can't help but love her! She is such an amazing, positive, faithful and kind-hearted girl who inspires every single person she encounters. I fell in love with J's family and all the others who are so passionately involved with Just for J, so I knew I had to contribute anyway I could. Now, I am currently the Benefit Coordinator for all DFW fundraisers!
Jacqueline has a disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) which is a form of muscular dystrophy. Jacqueline's form of CMT is rare in the case that she cannot move anything from her neck down but she can still feel everything.
Just for J was started by Amanda Borg back in 2012 to send J on a bucket list trip. The first 5k was put on and raised about $8,000 to send J and her family all along the East Coast. When they got back, Jacqueline's mom decided they needed to continue to pay it forward so Just for J was made into a non-profit!
We are coming up on our 7th year of Just for J and we have been able to raise funds for 14 different families in DFW, 2 families in Colorado, and we just hosted our first race in Houston that raised just over $35,000 to benefit the Hernann Memorial NICU!
Crossfit Eta has been so supportive with all the Just for J events. Jacqueline loves to come Crossfit with me and she even claims, "when she is able to walk she is going to come workout with me!" ;)
I would love if you could support us at our upcoming race this May 18th at Bear Creek Park in Keller. This year we are hosting a "Glow Run" so bring your neon and grab some glow sticks!
*Every year, CrossFit Eta participates in the Just for J 5K. We love J, believe in helping families in difficult situations, and love supporting Coach Sarah in what she is passionate about! We have a team participating in the Just for J 5K this year. To join us, sign up at https://justforj.itsyourrace.com/register/ and select “CrossFit Eta” as your team! Please join us in supporting such a great cause and giving back to our community!