Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. In March of 2014, the strongest power lifters in the world will descend upon Minnesota to raise money for HopeKids through the annual event called Relentless. I have the honor of representing Khalil who is one of the Hopekids. This picture was taken at the kickoff event where are families first met.
HopeKids is a terrific organization that restores hope to children with life threatening illnesses along with their families. They strive to give them a sense of normalcy away from doctor’s appointments and hospital stays. I wish an organization like this was around many years ago when my parents were spending countless hours traveling back and forth to the hospital with one of my siblings who was born with complications that continued through much of their life.
Although I was very young at the time, I know it was tough on the entire family when there wasn’t much if a support mechanism. That is why I think so highly of HopeKids and their mission. They not only help the child affected by the illness but also their siblings and their parents to expericence events they couldn't afford to do.
Here is a little background of how I was lucky enough to be part of such a great event. Last April, I was looking for a place to help me focus more on my lifting goals. I walked into South Side Bully Gym ran by Scott and Rachel Nutter, Mike Hamilton, and Garth Heckman and immediately felt at home. It was one of the best decisions I made and it is the best place to train. Everyone that trains at South Side Bully Gym is truly members of a large family.
South Side Bully Gym started Relentless in 2011 for Garth, who was battling cancer and has since beaten it. Relentless took off into something I don't think any of them would have imagined but we are blessed that it has. This year Scott offered me a chance to lift at Relentless Minnesota 2014, and I will not let him or the families from HopeKids down.
This past November, I witnesses firsthand what Relentless means as I along with many others traveled to Relentless Detroit, which is a similar power lifting event that raised money for 6 families in need of financial support. Money that was also raised created a position at the local Michigan hospital so that no child is left alone while their parents are away at work. There were many tears shed that weekend but most of them were tears of joy as over $140,000 was raised. This experience forever changed my life and made me appreciate my family even more.
The weights lifted at this meet will be nothing in comparison to the weight the children and families carry on their shoulders every day. We are going to give everything we have for them and be Relentless in our fundraising goals.
Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Matt, Jodi, and Ryan Bertrang