MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Crossfit-XT in Hawthorne is a community gym owned and operated by Hawthorne resident Anthony Botticelli and LaMar Wilcher.
The people who work out there will tell you, anybody is welcome but once your in the door you are a part of a family. A clear indication of this this is what occurred Friday night.
One of the gym's trainers, Brandon Paulus, recently shared that he has a three-year-old relative who has been battling cancer for all three years of his young life. In order to help out financially the Crossfit family decided to pitch in and hold a fundraiser.
In typical Crossfit style, teams entered a grueling competition in which they had to lift insane amounts of weights, do hundreds of kettle bell swings, box jumps, burpees, chin ups, and row thousands of meters. Scores were kept, points were awarded, and champions were crowned.
Most importantly though, monies were raised to help a member of the family. When all was said and done the nearly one hundred people in attendance, particularly the athletes, were exhausted from rooting, yelling, screaming, and competing. Yet each person had that good feeling that only comes from helping others.