In a nutshell, it is what makes CrossFit so great, and is why people keep coming back day in and day out. Along the way if you're lucky, some of the people within that community stand out above the rest and inspire others to be better.
Jen Young was one of those people. I didn't know Jen well but I did meet her before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer almost 2 years ago. She was warm, friendly and welcoming to me. My most recent encounters with her were at local CrossFit events and fundraisers for her Love the Snatch Foundation. I witnessed her workout while undergoing treatment and she always did it with a smile on her face.
Jen battled bravely through her treatment and I am sad to say that she lost her fight late Sunday evening. The CrossFit community is tight knit and we are all feeling this loss, but we will remember and continue to build on her legacy.
Stuart Scott, an ESPN broadcaster who passed away from cancer as well, recently was quoted in an ESPY speech as saying, "When you die it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live. SO LIVE! Live, and fight like hell"
I believe Jen did that - and she inspired many in the way she lived her life. Tomorrow we will honour her by doing a special WOD designed by Jen's coach, Jenn Morris from Crossfit Altitude. If you would like to donate to the foundation that Jen helped to create you can follow the link here:
From Jenn Morris:
Our dear friend Jen Young is gone from our world but will remain in our hearts forever. On Tuesday May 19th we ask that you do this workout in her memory:
We will be doing the JY Pi WOD in Jens memory on Tuesday this week: The rep scheme is because Jen is a self proclaimed "math nerd" and PI is her favorite number- "3.14" . The variety of movements is to represent the hard work and effort that Jen puts into all of her skills and her attention to form on everything she does. There is a total of 3 rounds, representing the 3 of Pi, and the 141 double unders represents the .141 (71 +70)/
JY-Pi: 3.14 "LOVE THE SNATCH- FIGHTING CERVICAL CANCER ONE SNATCH AT A TIME"
71 Double Unders
Then 2 rounds of:
3 Power Snatch (135/95#)
14 Box jumps
3 Full Snatch (135/95#)
14 Toes to bar
3 Overhead squats (135/95#)
Then 1 round of
3 Chest to bar pull ups
14 Power cleans 85/135
3 Hand stand push ups
14 Full cleans
3 Pistols per leg
14 Shoulder to Overhead
Then 70 Double unders