Awareness WOD – Flach-ability

 In Event, Health

As parents, you can never be prepared for everything, especially news that one of your children may grow up with different abilities than other children.  You hope, you pray, you plan and do your darndest to ensure your children have the best.  Sometimes, there comes a day. A day that will forever be etched in your memory. A loss, a sudden turn of events, a hardship.  For Sarah Flach, that was Diagnosis Day – March 12, 2014. On this day, at her 20-week ultrasound, she and her husband, John, found out that baby boy #3 had Spina Bifida.

The Flachs were on an emotional roller coaster from the moment they found out about their son’s diagnosis to eventually welcoming Thomas Flach into the world on July 17, 2014.  During this time they found the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati (SBCC). An invaluable resource, the SBCC has connected the Flachs to countless other families going through  similar circumstances.  “It [SBCC] is a network of families living with this defect and all with different experiences (good and bad) that they can share and help provide insight,” Sarah says. “When Thomas was diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis we thought getting a Tracheostomy was going to be the only option, but a family through the SBCC mentioned her son had the same symptoms and there was a new surgery they were trying.  We dug into it and asked the right questions of our doctors to get us to the surgeon who would do it on Thomas.  It has completely turned a corner for Thomas.”

It’s no secret Thomas is a rockstar – a superhero, actually. Having undergone more surgeries, tests and procedures than any freshly-turned one-year-old should, Sarah has high hopes for him.  She wants to see him learn that his physical differences aren’t limitations. They are, in fact,  simply challenges he will learn to overcome his own way.  As Sarah puts it, “I want Thomas to see not only a great community, but how important fitness is. He may have physical limitations, but I want him to always feel that he can find a way to stay healthy and fit and I think a place like DSC is the best to learn that. No one here has taken the same path to get to their fitness goals, but that doesn’t matter. Everyone works together and inspires each other. I love that feeling when I am in there and I want my kids to feel it too.”

Dayton Strength is committed to raising awareness for causes that affect our community. The Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati is no exception. That is why, on October 6 and 7, DSC will be running a workout to benefit SBCC and Thomas, directly.

The Thomas Flach Workout – “Flach-ability”Thomas Flach

20:00 AMRAP

38 DU or 76 singles

7 push ups

17 wallballs

14 partner med-ball sit ups

*One partner completes a round while the other rests.  

*partner med ball sit-ups will be performed as follows:

The partner completing the round will hold the med ball at chest level and pass the med ball at the top of each rep to the non-working partner.  The non-working must catch the ball and pass it back for the rep to count.

If you’d like to donate to Thomas’ Troop, you can do so by clicking here. To read more about Thomas’ journey, visit their blog.

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