The disease most commonly affects children under the age of five, and accounts for more than 650 new cancer cases each year in North America.
Wade’s Army draws inspiration from its namesake — young Wade DeBruin, who passed away from Neuroblastoma in 2011 at the age of 2 — as well as the friends, family members, and allies who have since rallied together against the disease. Over the past five years, Wade’s Army has raised thousands of dollars to support children and families battling the disease and benefit Neuroblastoma research for future generations. You can read more about the Wade’s Army Mission here.
On Saturday, November 12th, CrossFit DC will run the workout “Wade” as part of class, joining gyms around the world in commemorating Wade’s Day. We were proud to contribute part of our #Smackdown2016 proceeds to Wade’s Army’s (the other portion of Smackdown funds, as you might recall, went towards new equipment for the gym — just in case you haven’t already noticed the spiffy new bands and kettlebells already being put to use!). And throughout the rest of this week, we’ll continue raising a call for donations via our fundraising page to support the fight against Neuroblastoma. Every little bit counts!
You can also help by raising awareness about this devastating yet little-known disease. If you take to social media in support of young cancer patients’ “nerves of steel,” be sure to tag @crossfitdc and @wadesarmy, and include the hashtags #Wadesarmy and #Neuroblastoma.