Webster’s weight room has been revamped thanks to the generosity of a 19-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient.
Sydney Sullivan was a national level CrossFit competitor when she fell ill. Autoimmune hepatitis had caused her liver to fail. She eventually received a transplant – 70% of her brother’s liver. When she was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she decided to share her wish with others.
“Fitness has been such a big part of my life and has made a huge impact. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It’s a huge reason why I was able to have surgery, and I recovered so fast. So, I hope it can help you guys as well,” she said at the ribbon cutting.
The weight room was created seventeen years ago and has not been upgraded since.
“When you have hundreds of kids coming through daily, things wear out. We’re taking parts and pieces from one to make other one, and pretty soon half of it doesn’t work,” said Robert Biggins, Webster’s athletic director.
Now, the room has brand-new cardio and strength-training equipment, a fresh coat of paint, and new floor
“This is commercial-grade equipment,” said Robert. “This will be here, I’m sure, long past when I retire. Thousands of kids and student athletes that will be able to be bigger, faster, stronger because she paid forward her wish.”
The renovated room will be used by the basketball teams, P.E. classes, and faculty.
“We’re going to set aside some hours for staff,” said Robert. “The staff can quit paying their gym membership and come over here.”
Sydney and her family, as well as Webster students and staff, stopped by the gym to celebrate the opening of the redone weight room. The ribbon was cut, the cake was sliced, and now the room is ready for people to start their work outs.
“I’m excited to see people put it to use,” said Sydney.
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