Anyone who has attended evening classes, or has been a member of this box for a while has met and wodded with Joseph Sowerby. What you may not know about Joe, and his wife Carrie, was that they became members at our box about a month after the loss of their son, Collin, to Pulmonary Hypertension. Collin first became sick at the age of 9, but it wasn’t until almost two whole years later that he was diagnosed with pulmonary veno occlusive disease, the rarest form of PH. This disease robbed him of his ability to be a normal pre-teen, and robbed him of his future. At the age of 13, Collin passed away from pulmonary hypertension on February 21,2016.
PH is a disease, that while for adults is very treatable, for children it’s fatal. There is very little research into PH in children and the treatments available are not for children. Collin’s specific type of PH, PVOD is caused by progressive blockage of the small veins in the lungs which leads to high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs which in turn leads to heart failure.
The month of November is Pulmonary Hypertension awareness month. To honor Collin’s memory and the love we have for Joe, Carrie and his sister, Makenzie, we have a Hero Wod dedicated to Collin called Collin’s PHight and it is as follows:
400m Plate Carry (45/25)
10 Plate Curls (45/25)
20 Strict Pull Ups (45/25)
30 Burpee to Plate
20 Deficit HSPU (45/25)
10 Suitcase Deadlift (45/25)
800m Plate Carry (45/25)
Each of these movements was picked with Collin in mind, a couple because they were things he would have thought were cool, or because he enjoyed doing them (for instance curls) but others because it directly represents his struggle because of PH. Namely, the plate carry and the fact that the majority of these moves involve a plate is because Collin had to tote his heavy air tank where ever he went. As anyone who has ever done a burpee can tell you, it robs you of your breath, just like having PH did with Collin. And the longer plate carry at the end, while exhausted and breathless, serves to remind us of the fight Collin fought every single day and how as time progressed his fight only got harder.
For more info on PH or what you can do to make a difference you can visit https://phassociation.org/
To learn more about Collin and his fight you can check out the page Collins PHight