14 Jul '17, 6pm

Badass CrossFit Team Helps Woman With a Rare Disease Complete Life Goal

Badass CrossFit Team Helps Woman With a Rare Disease Complete Life Goal

Back in 2005 when she was 15 years old, Gambill was diagnosed with the degenerative neuromuscular disease that slowly zaps away all of one’s motor abilities. Often, Friedreich’s ataxia leads to a life in a wheelchair. But Gambill didn’t want that diagnosis to be her only option in life. Tiffany’s mother, Joan Gambill, 63, joined a CrossFit gym in Bridgewater about five years ago, thinking it might be a new way to help her daughter. When Tiffany started physical therapy but didn’t like it, her mom encouraged to her to try CrossFit. When Joan Gambill’s coach, Sonia Caldas, first met Tiffany, she was still able to drive and could use a walker to get around the gym. Caldas modified workouts to meet her needs. “The progress is slowing down the effect and giving her longevity in terms of muscular endurance,” Caldas said. “Tiffany was going in [the CrossFit gym] and asking for ch...

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