A Fellow Girevik Needs Our Help

This message is a little off topic from kettlebells, but I hope you keep reading and think about what’s important in life.  As kettlebell lifters, we’re used to being looked at as a little odd or unique.  We take great joy in our heaving our achyballs around and regularly try to see how many times we can lift those damn things.  While the ketlebell/girevoy sport community is still fairly small, I don’t think you’ll find a group of people more generous with their time and knowledge than us kettlebell folk.

Just go to one of the kettlebell forums, be it hardstyle or OTW, and you’ll find very accomplished athletes freely giving their advice to help a fellow lifter.  I’m very proud to be a member of this great community.

With that said, I’d like to ask your help for a friend of mine.  His name is Howie Brewer and he lives in New York State.  Howie is a girevik and regularly comments here.  I’ve never met Howie, but I consider him a friend and fellow athlete.

Recently Howie held a fundraiser for his son, Anthony, who is afflicted with a disease called Tuberous Sclerosis.  I had never heard of Tuberous Sclerosis before, but a quick Wikipedia search told me the following:

Tuberous sclerosis or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare, multi-system genetic disease that causes benign tumours to grow in the brain and on other vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs, and skin. A combination of symptoms may include seizures, developmental delay, behavioural problems, skin abnormalities, lung and kidney disease.

As someone who has a child with a developmental delay, I could immediately feel a kinship with Howie and his quest to care for his son.  Howie’s kettlebell workshop generated over $600 for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and their other efforts have raised over $4000 to help with research to fight this rare disease.

Howie sent out a thank you e-mail today to all those who donated to this cause.  If you’re one of those folks, thank you.  If not, would you be willing to spare the cost of your next coffee or energy drink to help with this cause?  I’m not in the business of fundraising but I would like to think that my fellow gireviks would be willing to help one of their own like this.

Here’s the link to the fundraising page:


And here’s the link to Howie’s blog:


Remember, the more you give in life, the more you get back.

Thanks everyone.

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