Yes. I said it. Save the va jay jay. Uterine Cancer is something that has affected some amazingly wonderful and special people in my life. My mother, my girlfriend, my aunt, and 4 close friends have all been hit hard with it. In some, it has drastically reduced the chances of conception for when/if they choose to start a family, for others (my mom) it has resulted in a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Cancer of any sort sucks, and while the movement to reduce breast cancer is great, I don’t really ever hear anything about uterine cancer. This, and since it has affected me at such a personal level is why I am starting up a new charity:
Save the Va Jay Jay. (Yes I realize it lacks any class and will of course take suggestions on a better name).
Now on to how any and all can help:
I will be lifting at a meet April 7th (to qualify for the APC nationals and to set a few APC world records). I have also purchased my first squat suit and assuming I can get it broken in, and get the technique down will be competing in the suit, otherwise I’ll be competing raw. The suit is hot pink. In a world of heavy metal, monstrous squats, insane bench presses, and godly deadlifts, hot pink doesn’t really fit in. Chances are I’ll be given hell for it. I want to bring attention to the matter at hand though and I’m willing to go through the ridicule that will undoubtedly come and hopefully be able to get some money for Uterine Cancer research.
I’ll be taking donation commitments for my my heaviest composite total between the squat, bench, and deadlift at the meet. I’m asking that people donate $.xx/pound lifted (cents/pound). Again this will not be all my lifts of the day, only the composite of my largest squat, my largest bench, and my largest deadlift, in other words my “total” for the meet. I’ll be setting up a donate button and account via paypal shortly on my page here where any and all can donate. I greatly appreciate any help be it monetary or simple emotional support as I take this on. If you would like to pledge to donate please just reply to this post and I will send out messages as well as make a large post about my meet results to notify people how much they will be donating based on the .xx cents per pound.
In terms of expected lift - if I compete raw (no supportive gear) I’m hoping to go 555/325/575 for a 1455 lb total to give you an idea of how much you might want to donate.
I have no clue what I’ll be able to do if I compete in supportive gear (squat suit/bench shirt) but it would probably be 300 lbs or so more than that.
I will let everyone know which I’ll be competing in in about 6 weeks when I’ve gotten in the suit and see how long it’ll take to break in.
Again, thank you for all the support emotional and monetary. I truly appreciate it. Once my suit is in, I’ll be sure to post pictures of how ridiculous I look.
Donate for your mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, grandmas, great grandmas, and friends. Somewhere out there, there is a woman suffering with uterine cancer. Help her out.
To the guys - we may not have the organs, but we all have someone close to us that could be affected by it. Spread the word and help keep the women safe in your lives as they simply enrich it so much.
All funds will be donated to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. They saved my Mom’s life with their excellence.
Lift strong, live strong.
Save the Va Jay Jay