BENEFITING: Catch A Lift Fund
Catch A Lift (CAL) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the physical fitness and mental recovery of America's wounded and injured veterans. Founded in memory of Baltimore native, Army Cpl. Chris Coffland, CAL provides fitness grants in the form of gym memberships and in home gym equipment to injured veterans all over the country so that they can rehabilitate through physical fitness. Coffland was a fitness enthusiast and joined the Army a month shy of the cut off age of 42. Having no military experience, his family and friends couldn't help but question his decision. His answer was simple; he felt the calling to serve his country, and having no wife or children of his own, Coffland felt that if he could take the place of someone who did, it was all worth it. Coffland was killed during a mission, by an IED in 2009 after taking the place of a fellow soldier who had a wife and two children back home. Chris Coffland had done what he set out to do.
Since 2010, CAL has been honored to serve our country's vets using the mantra Coffland lived his life by; through fitness, you can reach your highest potential both mentally and physically. CAL ensures that our servicemen and women can attend any gym they want to attend, anywhere in the country, including their own home (through in home gym equipment). We have served hundreds of thankful veterans to date. Our CAL vets have told us:
"Your consideration is well appreciated… I can’t wait to start [my gym program], it’s like starting life all over again"
"Catch A Lift’s gift to my veteran is more of a gift to the whole family. Thank you for doing what you’re doing"
"I can’t thank Catch A Lift just for getting me back in the gym. I have to thank them for the opportunity to get back the important things I lost in my accident. From the outside it may look like a free gym membership, but to a soldier like me who has realized the true importance of strength, and lost it, it is so much more."
"The gift provided by CAL is much more than an athletic club membership, it’s a door that allows my son and I to play and enjoy life together now and into the future."
"The support of Catch A Lift has enabled me to not only adjust to life as an amputee, but thrive in it. This is one of the most altruistic organizations I have come across post injury."
CAL’s newest program (launching shortly), supplies the veteran with a nutrition and fitness program that is designed to meet their own personal goals in relation to their injuries. Simultaneously, CAL follows the veteran throughout the year, tracks progress and offers support with his/her fitness journey by way of Squad Leaders (a combination of fellow combat vets and civilian volunteers), health blogs and interactive progress tracking venues.
With over 450 vets served and over 500 whom are awaiting services, CAL is growing at a rate of 3-5 new applicants each day. Some veterans who suffer from severe PTSD, TBI or other debilitating injuries, require the help of their VA certified caregiver. CAL will pay for the caregiver's gym membership as well. It is estimated that there will be over 1.1 million caregivers in the United States since 9/11, working hard to take care of their veteran. In many cases, this is a lifetime job. CAL believes in their well-being and in their health; an important factor now and in years to come.
CAL believes that each veteran wants to and can, actively contribute to his or her own physical and mental health journey. They bravely supported our nation and now CAL supports their fitness.