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Brayden

By Courtney Ruppert

Brayden
We came to know Brayden through his uncle and former SOS trainer, Kirk McElroy.
Brayden was 5 years old In January of 2014 when he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his kidneys.  As any loving uncle would, Kirk came to us to brainstorm ideas and to ultimately collaborate on an event to show Brayden and his family the system of support and strength around them and to help ease the burden of the situation.
Enter Keep Moving.
Our first Outdoor Class for a Cause was born that year with all profits dedicated and donated to Brayden and his family.  Just shy of 100 people from our community banded together for a two hour workout, and to donate to this amazing and beautiful boy.
We raised $3,750 that day.
Fast forward to today, and Brayden is a healthy 8 year old who loves basketball, baseball, the Cavs, and spending time with his friends.  He has been cancer-free for over two years and this coming August marks two years off-treatment.  
Brayden is and always will be an SOS warrior.  Keep Moving Brayden!!!

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Chase Life

By Courtney Ruppert

Chase Life

We first met the Gage family in 2013 when their mom, Laura started working out with us at our very first studio on Delashmut Ave.  It wasn't long after that Laura introduced her two beautiful and dynamic, rock star kids, Selby and Chase, both to the studio and to our hearts.  On special occasions we would be treated with the presence of their dad Quint, whom they would drag along (only by promise of a post torture Egg McMuffin treat.) The Gage family quickly became one of our favorites. They all carried such a vibrant energy and gratitude with them.  They had smiles that lit you up and an awareness and presence of each moment. They made us stronger just by being themselves and allowing us to share in their day.

On May 14th, 2015 we learned that Chase had suddenly passed away at just 19 years old. We couldn't comprehend the pain. We could not understand how such a brilliant and enthusiastic soul was lifted so quickly from us.  All we could do was figure out a way to wrap this beautiful family as tightly as we could with a system of strength, in hopes that they knew we were with them as they tried to move forward one step at a time.

Enter Keep Moving.

Chase was an unbelievable runner and a member of the Wittenberg Cross Country team. In June of 2015, a 5 mile race was coordinated by Chase’s friends in his honor.  In addition to providing volunteers for the event, Keep Moving was able to step in and produce graphic tees that were sold online via pre-sale before the event, as well as day of the event. 100% of all profits were donated directly to Chase's scholarship fund set up on behalf of him at Wittenberg.

The Chase Life t-shirt struck a cord with everyone in the SOS community and they continue to be a best seller, due in large part to the profound message, encouraging people to "Chase Life".  Any revenue from the Chase Life brand will continue to be donated to the Chase Gage Scholarship fund as well as Keep Moving.

Chase Life is a cause is very near and dear to our hearts, and we will continue to support the Gage family and Chase Life in any way that we can.  

In the words of Selby's finance, Oliver Rouch, "We will remember Chase for being the sunlight on our cloudy days and our music in a quiet space. No one will ever replace you Chase, but we owe it to the world to be a whole lot like you. To chase our passions, to chase our joy, quite simply, to chase life".

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Libby Strong

By Courtney Ruppert

Libby Strong
Born and raised in Upper Arlington, Erin was one of SOS’s early rockstar members.  A friend and classmate of SOS co-owner, Gretchen Dusseau, Erin joined us back in 2013 when SOS was still in the glorified storage unit on Delashmut Ave.  We could always count on Erin for giving it 110% during each and every class.

In September of 2015, Erin's youngest daughter Libby, merely a year and a half old, was diagnosed with brain cancer, and that's when her fight began.

Enter Keep Moving.

KM put together a few options for SOS members and non-members to help raise money for Libby's medical bills.  There was a straight donation option, as well as a libbystrong class pass that people could purchase.

Thanks to the huge hearts and tremendous generosity of the SOS community we raised $4,000 on behalf of Libby.  

Currently, Libby is at St. Jude and is starting cycle 5 of chemo as we speak.  We all carry Libby, Erin and their entire family in our hearts every single day as she fights her little beautiful warrior heart out against this disease.
Fight Libby, fight!

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