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Community fitness workout raises money for Fierce Fallon

(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) -  Fallon Emery was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 9-years-old.  Her incurable brain cancer known as Glioblastoma or GBM starts in the brain and can invade the spinal cord.

“In her original diagnosis, the doctor gave her 14 months.  And we are now in month 19,” tells Melanie Emery, Fallon's mother.

Her strength and perseverance has garnered attention from the local community and earned now 11-year-old the nickname Fierce Fallon.  

As Fallon continues to get chemotherapy treatment at The Medical University of South Carolina, Core Fitness and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball team have stepped up to help cut back some of those treatment costs for Fallon’s family.  They have asked the community to participate in their Superhero WOD or Workout of the Day where all the proceeds will go to the community’s very own superhero.

Briget Garrity has been inspired by the Emery family who often visit Core Fitness.  She says, “No little kid should have to mature that quick, but she is; and she’s always got a smile on her face when i see her.  She gets to come in here every so often.  Everyone gets to welcome her with open arms, it’s really, really awesome.”

Well over 150 participants have come in Saturday to do the Super Hero WOD.  It’s an intense Crossfit workout called Fight Gone Bad with 5 different high-intensity exercises repeated 3 times.  All participants who endure the pain get a free ticket to the Pelicans “Coaches vs. Cancer” baseball game.  The Pelicans team also participated at the Super Hero WOD.

Katelyn Guild says the workout was tough, but well worth it.  She is Director of Business Development for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and was the initial organizer of the Super Hero WOD event.  Guild says, "We definitely had a moment in the second round and [my friend] Allie goes, 'This isn’t for you, this is for Fierce Fallon. She fights everyday!' And that really helps when you’re really exhausted and you go, 'This little girl has been fighting everyday for over a year, and wakes up every day tired and continues to fight.'”

Prior to the event, word of the Fierce Fallon and her Super Hero WOD spread via social media and word of mouth, so much that even those outside the local community are helping. Core Fitness branches in other states will be doing the workout as well. Crossfit Electric City, Crossfit Wilmington, and other gyms in Columbia, Clemson, and Charleston are all donating and submitting videos and pictures of their workout to encourage Fallon in her fight against cancer.

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