By Natalie Simms
Model High’s Ellie Getchell organized a CrossFit fundraising event in February in honor of her mom, Laura, who is battling Glioblastoma. She raised more than $6,000 through donations and T-shirt sales for the Glioblastoma Foundation and word has quickly spread to other CrossFit gyms in the Southeast who want to help.
“When we read the article (in Hometown Headlines) about Ellie doing the fundraiser, it prompted us to want to do something for the Getchell family,” says Kristy Ellis, a fellow CrossFit athlete and board member of Mayhem Mission, based in Cookeville, Tenn.
Mayhem Mission is a non-profit organization founded by 8-time CrossFit Game Champion Rich Froning and his wife Hillary to complement the success of their CrossFit Mayhem gym in Cookeville. Mayhem Mission was something that had been on the radar of Froning and friend, Brian Nelson, for years and decided 2020 was the year to put their plan into action. Mayhem Mission’s sole purpose is to give back to those in need – locally or around the world.
In August 2020, Laura Getchell was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive and often incurable brain cancer. She has since had surgery to remove the tumor and received radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
“Rather than admit defeat, Laura has leaned on her faith in Jesus Christ, the support of her family and friends and the continued pursuit of fitness at CrossFit Rome. Rich Froning and Mayhem Missions are joining Laura in the FIGHT,” says Ellis.
The group is selling FIGHT tees and tanks with all proceeds going towards Laura’s continued medical care. Pre-orders are underway now with shipping starting April 15. Click here to order.
“You know that one person who holds the gym together? The person who is behind the scenes and never wants recognition? Laura Getchell is that person for CrossFit Rome. She’s the calm that you need in the storm, the clarity you seek when things are fuzzy, and she has the faith you wish you had when things are out of control,” says Jeff Holloway, owner/coach at CrossFit Rome.
“She loves the Lord fiercely, and she is an incredible wife, mother, friend. To watch this woman face a cancer diagnosis head-on and choose to fight it with the power of Jesus has strengthened, challenged, and encouraged us all. Laura has taught us this: we might not all be fighting cancer, but we all have something that we need to fight. What are you fighting for?”