Hey team! It’s that time of year again; the third annual Hydrocephalus Charity Work our at CrossFit Milford! I wanted to take the time to personally thank you all for your support and explain to you why I host this awesome charity event and why it is so important to me. As you may or may not know, I am one of the few people born with Hydrocephalus, a rare medical condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people a year. It is a condition where spinal fluid does not naturally pass through the body on its own and thus, fills up around the brain. Sadly, there is no cure for Hydrocephalus and the only treatment is something called a shunt, which is inserted through the skull and pumps fluid to the stomach. This procedure is extremely dangerous for small children and seniors and the risk of relapse in the first year is higher than 50 percent. I had my first surgery when I was only 8 months old. At that time, it was a very under underdeveloped procedure. In the following year, I had 2 more surgeries. When I was 3 years old I had a severe shunt infection that almost killed me.
1 in every 1,000 babies are diagnosed with hydrocephalus every year. So many people are sick from this disease and can not do half of what I do. These people, especially the babies, are the reason I started this charity. In 2016, I partnered with pediatric hydrocephalus to help raise money for their two major goals, the main one is to find a cure for hydrocephalus by working with hospitals and donating money to research and development. The other goal, the main reason I chose this group to partner with, is to donate the money to families of children currently going through these dangerous surgeries. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for someone to have a minimum of 20 surgeries in the course of their childhood. So as my first step toward reaching this goal, I shaved my hair off on September 1st in honor of all the kids having surgery! The WOD and raffle event will be held on September 22nd, at 9:00 am. I look forward to seeing you all there! – David Saldanah
For more information on the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, please visit their website.
We will be hosting our annual workout in support of this cause. The workout is:
TEAMS OF 3
3 ROUNDS FOR TIME
90 WALL BALL SHOTS
ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST HOLD BARBELL IN THE BACK RACK
70 BOX JUMPS or STEPS
ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST HOLD BARBELL IN THE FRONT RACK
50 CALORIES ON THE SKI ERG
ONE TEAM MEMBER MUST HOLD A DEAD LIFT HOLD
30 BURPEES OVER THE BAR
135/95, 95/65, 45/35