Gratitude and Giving

Before I found CrossFit and yoga and paleo (all of YOU), I was a Rollergirl. I never felt like I completely fit in, but there were two things that made me very grateful to be a Rollergirl: (1) feeling the power of wearing my uniform and skates and (2) the sense of sisterhood among the skaters, not just in my league, but all over the world.

I don’t have sisters, but in my imagination, the relationships among the skaters were like real sisters. We had fun. We fought. We talked smack behind each other’s backs; we gave compliments unabashedly. And if someone messed with one of us, they brought down the wrath of all of us. We always had each other’s backs, even in the midst of internal strife.

So even though I don’t skate any more, I was moved by this story. If you can afford to donate even $1, please do.

Rita N Weep (real name: Julie JaNeshefskie) — a skater for the Jet City Rollergirls in Everett, Washington — and her family were devastated on Christmas Day when a wind storm felled a large tree branch that landed on their car while driving to see family. JaNeshefskie’s husband Tim and 9-year-old daughter “Zippy” were victims of the impact. Julie held Zippy in her arms while the family waited for an ambulance, and, unfortunately, Zippy died at the scene of the accident.

Tim’s neck was broken, and he remains incapacitated. A metal sculptor by trade, he is his family’s sole source of income, and Zippy is survived by two sisters. The family has no financial resources to deal with this sudden tragedy.

Julie’s Derby team — the Camaro Harem — has set up a paypal account through which you can make a donation to the family. Any little bit you can offer will help this family enormously in their time of grief and need.

For more information, visit the Jet City Rollergirls web site.

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  • Windy says:

    This is absolutely heart breaking. Having myself suffered two tragic losses last year, one being my husband, I can say for certain that every little bit counts. A dear friend of my husbands set up a memorial fund for our family, and I am forever grateful. Praying that Julie will experience a very present help in times of trouble. Mel, thank you for giving me the opportunity to give in the manner that I received.

  • Mel says:

    Windy, I hope you don’t mind me saying this in public: I just think the world of you and the changes you made for yourself this year. So much grace and fortitude. I can’t wait until the day we can meet in person so I can give you the hug I’ve been saving up for you. Thank you for being part of my online world and wishes to you for a happy, peaceful 2012.

  • Windy says:

    Awww Mel,
    I feel the exact same way about you. I love how you are constantly growing and striving to become the best version of you. I love how you care so deeply and I especially admire your willingness and ability to share your life with others. Abundant blessings in all good things to you for 2012 and beyond!

  • ms jane says:

    Ok so that got me weeping into my morning cup of tea. I think you both rock. And that poor family…I’ll be making a contribution xxx

  • Tara says:

    The first link (to donate directly) didn’t work for me, but going through the Jet City Rollergirls website worked. My heart goes out to their family. Mel, thanks for sharing and giving us a chance to help in some small way. I’m going to hug my husband and son a little tighter today.

  • Chris says:

    thank you for giving me the chance to help.

  • Laura says:

    This family’s got em covered in thoughts, prayers, crossed fingers and some money.
    So many people take care of us (military family) in thoughts and prayers when The Soldier is away that this is an honor to take care of these people.
    Thanks, Mel for sharing and allowing us to help.

  • Cate says:

    Thanks for sharing Mel. Love + light (and what little cash I gots) to your roller derby sister.

  • marianne says:

    This family lives here washington!!! My heart goes out to them!!! Thank you for sharing Mel!!! Roller sisters rock! donated (small hope it helps)

  • Ehsa says:

    The Paypal link didn’t work for me either, but going there via their website did. Counting my blessings, and hopefully sending a few of them to Julie and Tom.

  • Jette Gad says:

    Oh my-my heart just broke a little… Truly every parents worst nightmare to loose a child… Mel thank you so much for the opportumity to contribute to this family-the great thing about this “online concept” is that it goes around the world and gives everybody a change to make a difference and pay it forward…

  • Mel says:

    I really do have the best blog readers around. Thank you, everyone, for your generosity and sweetness.