Heidi Rhodes via Crowdrise
December 03, 2014
Ava Kaufman wrote -
Five and a half years ago, I - an always healthy professional dancer and businesswoman - was struck by a sudden and rare auto-immune disease that left me in the hospital on life-support. I received the ‘gift of life’, the heart of a 17 year old boy, in ten days, on my birthday, and was put into an induced coma to recover for two months.
My dear friend and fitness trainer, Marnie, stayed close and watched my difficult recovery. It was at that time that Marnie started doing all of her planks in a heart shape, in honor of me and my new heart.
After recovering, I started a 501c3, Ava’s Heart, to help those given the ‘gift of life’ have a better quality of life, with financial assistance for temporary housing near the transplant center (pre and post surgery), dental work if necessary, medication co-pays, and more.
Marnie and I thought what better way to kick off a fundraising platform than with the Ava’s Heart First Annual Timed ‘Heart-to-Heart Plank Challenge’ at her new studio!
Sign up now and join us Saturday Dec. 6th, at LA Barre Belle 113 N La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036. We only have 26 spots in the studio for this Challenge.
Each participant must raise $250 in advance for Ava’s Heart. Of course, you can raise more! We have fantastic giveaway bags for all participants, with items from our many sponsors, including a special gift from Naked Undies!
From 1:00 - 1:30, you will get to view the Silent Auction, with items from our many generous sponsors. There will also be a short introduction and video on the work that Ava’s Heart does, and a special thank you from Kerrie De La Cruz, one of three women alive in the world with an artificial heart. She is one of the people that Ava's Heart has helped to date.
From 1:30 - 2:30, our gracious host, Marnie Alton, founder and owner of LA Barre Belle, will teach a complimentary Barre class. During class we will hold our Timed Heart-to-Heart Plank Challenge. (There may be push-ups involved : ) )Whoever can hold the Heart-to-Heart Plank the longest will be the Grand Prize Winner, and get a weekend at the Palm Springs Hilton. There will be great second and third place prizes as well, and a very special gift for whoever raises the most money! Plus a special thank you to Lance J. Walter for his generous donation of the Grand Prize.
From 2:30 - 3:00 Refreshments and Silent Auction winners.
We are pioneering a new field, that of assisting organ recipients, so please ask your family and friends to support you and us on this journey.
Please call 310-779-6616 with your name, phone number, and email address to reserve your spot for the event. We want to make our Heart-to-Heart Plank Challenges a national event, so please come out to support our first one!
If you’re unable to participate in the Challenge at the studio, please make a $10 donation by texting 'HEART' to 41444.
From my new heart to yours,
Ava’s Heart is a 501c3 pioneering a new field, that of providing support for transplant patients and their families with limited means, ensuring they receive financial assistance, medication, and housing (pre and post) surgery on their transplant journey.
We are bringing awareness to the challenges transplant patients and their families face, pre and post transplant, that anyone can be in need of a life-saving organ at any time, and that any healthy parents can give birth to a baby in need of a life-saving organ.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible, and all funds go towards helping transplant patients. Please visit our website at www.avasheart.org.