May 24, 2014 A Special Day at the SEALFIT fundraiser When we arrived at 10am, SEALFIT headquarters was packed both inside and outside with people pushing their physical limits on the Workout Of the Day (WOD). All the people working out were SEALFIT members that I had never met before, who were there to support my cause. As soon as the workout was finished, people began introducing themselves, and offering words of support and encouragement. Mark Divine gave introductory talk and demo before the next WOD, and when the workout began, Jenny and Hannah jumped in with the seasoned Crossfit athletes. If they only knew then how sore they would be the next day!
Family and friends began filtering in to take part or hang out and watch. Most of Jenny’s family was there, as well as friends of mine from high school and college that I haven’t seen for years. Colleagues from work were there, as were friends from our old neighborhood in La Jolla. My friend and brewer from La Jolla Brewing Company was there, and Hannah’s ballet instructor and her husband came to show their support.
A SEALFIT member who is also a fisherman brought fresh fish he caught and grilled up incredibly delicious fish tacos for everyone. At noon, Mark and the SEALFIT coaches put on a SEALFIT demonstration. SEALFIT training goes beyond the strength and endurance training of Crossfit, incorporating flexibility, meditation, mental toughness and teamwork. After the demo, Cathy Divine led a group guided visualization and meditation to send healing energy to me. It was an emotional and powerful experience.
During the afternoon WODS, lots of friends and family took part, and Jenny and Hannah did a second workout (probably not the best idea, but they couldn’t help themselves). In between WODS, it was my turn to workout. I got out of my chair onto some benches, and Coach Divine helped me with some strengthening exercises. Mark started receiving reports, pictures and videos from other Crossfit gyms across the country (and even Canada) that were participating in the event and doing the same WODS. It was another emotional moment watching a video on Mark’s phone of kids in Alberta Canada rooting for my recovery. After the last WOD, it was time to clean up, put away the weights. Those of us that were still there relaxed had a few beers and reflected on the day.
On May 10th at the SEALFIT fundraiser, I had a feeling that I’ve only had once before in my life. The first time was our wedding day in the big red barn in Idaho. It was a feeling of true community; filled with love and support. There was a powerful, tangible feeling in the air. I couldn’t stop thinking about it the next day. The feeling of “how could I be so unlucky to be paralyzed twice?” was replaced with “how could I be so lucky to be the recipient of so much love?”
A HUGE THANK YOU to Mark and Sandy, Cindy and Rich, Cathy, all the SEALFIT employees, all the SEALFIT members that participated, all the friends and family that came to the event, all the friends and family that couldn’t make it to the event, all the people that donated items for the auction, all the people that bid on auction items, all the people that donated directly to HELPHOPLIVE, and all the other gyms and athletes that participated! It was a huge success, and with all your help, OUR GOAL WAS REACHED!
May 01, 2014
SEALFIT CEO Helps Paralyzed Friend at Chance to Walk Again 2014-04-30 • SAN DIEGO, CA (April 28, 2014)
Rarely does life deal a tough hand twice, especially when it means coming back from a devastating injury; only to be injured again. For Jon Atwater, 55 that scenario is his reality as he was paralyzed in 1991 and over a decade later, is dealing with a second and identical injury that occurred in a freak accident that left him fighting to walk again.The story touched the hearts of those closest to him, including SEALFIT CEO, Mark Divine. Divine and Atwater met 15 years ago when Atwater agreed to be the Master Brewer at the Coronado Brewing Company. Divine says, “I became fast friends with both he [Jon] and his wife, Jenny.” Divine adds, “I know he will walk again. He is truly an ‘Unbeatable Mind Warrior’ and his spirit is unbreakable.”
Today, Atwater is on the road to recovery thanks to his time at the Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Center in San Diego, CA. Based on The Dardzinski Method, Project Walk is the pioneer in activity-based recovery with nearly two decades of experience working with spinal cord injuries. It’s the Project Walk mission to provide an improved quality of life for people living with a spinal cord injury, paralysis or mobility-related disorder through intense activity-based recovery backed by research and technology. Divine is the Founder of SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind, a program that combines training for elite athletes with mental toughness. With the help of the SEALFIT community, Divine has organized a SEALFIT benefit on May 10th in which 98% of the proceeds will be donated to HelpHOPELive in honor of John to assist with Jon’s recovery at Project Walk and any home modifications needed for day-to-day living.“
We are thrilled to mobilize the SEALFIT / Unbeatable Mind Community to help Jon walk again,” says SEALFIT CEO, Divine. “Strong tribes help teammates in need.” For more information on the SEALFIT fundraiser in honor of Jon, please visit: www.SEALFIT.com For more information on Project Walk and clients like Jon, visit the Project Walk website at www.ProjectWalk.org
Apr 24, 2014
April 24, 2014 OK, so I have finally set up a Vimeo account where I will post videos of therapy etc. Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/user24832937 There are 2 videos currently posted. I...