Jacob came into CrossFit West Lafayette in June 2017. He was interested in this event called, “New You Challenge” we were hosting. This challenge is made for people who want to kick start their fitness lifestyle or change things up in their fitness routine. Jacob showed concern about his fitness status and wanted a change. “I want to be fit, so I can keep up with my little girls”, Jacob told us. I told him," Let that be your driving factor, because this challenge is going to be tough." He was all in.
Jacob struggled in the beginning. He had to stop numerous times in the workout, but he kept persevering. He even got his wife, Chantal, to come on board to try the challenge and she fell in love with it as well.
So many gains were occurring between the couple. One Saturday, Jacob and Chantal were doing a benefit motorcycle ride. All of sudden, the unthinkable happened. Jacob and Chantel were in an accident, causing Chantal to fight for her life. The accident left her with little to no brain activity, causing Jacob to make the insanely tough decision to donate Chantal’s organs to the ones who needed them the most.
For the ones that knew Chantal, she was the most loving, caring, and thoughtful person. Just always finding where she could serve. Her being able to donate her organs and help people receive life, was her great final way to give back. I want to honor that.
I want to dedicate this product to her. The heart weight plate is a 2.5# weight plate in the shape of a heart. Because Chantal was a huge advocate for breast cancer awareness, the heart plate has the breast cancer awareness ribbon on it and will be pink. When a weight plate is purchased, a third of the proceeds will go to the Richardson family. After enough money has been raised for Jacob, I plan for a third of the proceeds to go to the breast cancer awareness foundation.
My goal is to raise $6,000 to get the project up and running. Price break down: $500 for the pattern (mold), $675 for 100 plates, paint for plates, packaging, shipping, and Kickstarter fee.
When using a set of the heart weight plates on a barbell (it's intended use), there were initial concerns about balance and the plates flipping upside down during the movement. After testing, there was minimal movement with clips on the bar. Since these are only 2.5lb plates, the slight shifting of the plates produced no feeling of being unbalanced
Special Thanks to:
Larry Marshall, marshallcamera
Tom Dahlseid & Leah Schretenthaler, 2 Artists ,1 Adventure
CrossFit West Lafayette
MatchBox Co-Working Studio