Last year they wanted to help educate those around them on Rare Chromosome Disorders, one of which their youngest suffers from, so they started a tradition of being #Active4Asher. Asher, their four year old, was diagnosed with Chromosome 13Q Deletion - a deletion that is limited to only about 250 reported cases. With so few people affected by this deletion you can imagine that there is very little research done, studies being run or knowledge being shared. It is this family's desire to spread the word and get people educated on these issues. They want to show others that Rare is beautiful, that everyone has their own hard battle despite the appearance on the outside, and that acceptance of all abilities and talents is a wonderful thing. (Can you say A-to-the-FREAKIN'-men?!)
|The many faces of sweet Asher (caught on @FitFam6's Instagram account)|
It is their hope that today, June 13th, runners and non-runners alike would get up, get moving and get #Active4Asher! Whether that's taking the pup for a walk, going to the playground with the kids, heading out for a run on your lunch break or hiking with friends - take the day to be grateful for your ability to be active! Let's make this a day dedicated to encouragement, support and understanding.
And to motivate folks to spread the love and share their support, they're hosting a giveaway! If you post pictures or tweets TODAY, tag @FitFam6 and use the hashtags #Active4Asher2016 and #a4agiveaway you will be automatically entered to win some awesome prizes (including goodies from Starbucks, HydroFlask, Road ID, Sarah Marie Design Studio and QALO).
Obviously Ryan and I HAD to participate! Normally Ryan would totally be down for fitting in a run with me before heading into work, but after yesterday's 8+ hour hike he did on San Jacinto he opted for sleep instead. But don't you worry, he will be #Active4Asher on his lunch break when he hits up the climbing gym. And in honor of Asher's birthday, Rare Chromosome Awareness Week and the whole FitFam6 crew, I made sure to get active and had a smile on my face the whole time, remembering what an honor and privilege it is to have the ability to pound the pavement!
PS You can read more about their story and find all the details for the giveaway on their blog post HERE.
How will you be #Active4Asher today?