Tears rolled down my face when I read this on facebook yesterday:
“CrossFit Stafford will once again host the Mark Beiswanger Memorial WOD (Workout of the Day) on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10AM to Noon.
The cost of participating in the WOD will be $25 and with your donation, you will receive a t-shirt and admission to the cookout following the WOD.
Please preregister on link on the left sidebar. This is an open WOD so you don’t have to be a member in order to participate. All proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Bring your friends and family to support this charitable event and to honor Mark’s memory.”
I went to high school with Mark and had NO idea he took his own life- and two years ago, no less! If you know me than you know my heart-breaking connection with suicide and passion for suicide prevention. While we were never close, I do remember Mark’s jovial yet reserved manner, and I cannot believe he is gone. It is never easy to learn a friend has passed, and even harder when I learned it was by suicide.
As much as I would LOVE to do this WOD at Crossfit Stafford, I will be attending a close friend’s bachelorette celebration. However, I do intend to donate to the cause and spread the word.
*Fellow Crossfitters, please spread the word about this memorial WOD. And if you’re in the DC Metro or NOVA area, please consider joining Crossfit Stafford for a WOD to honor Mark. As mentioned above and on their site, its an open WOD and anyone can join.*
You are not alone. You matter and there is hope. If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can find more information on Suicide Awareness and Prevention on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s website.