Consumer Watch: CrossFit community helps infant with heart condition


According to the CDC babies born with congenital heart defects, will likely see more expensive hospital stays throughout their entire childhood. About one-percent of babies in the US have serious problems with their hearts.

Healthcare for these kinds of serious conditions create immense medical debt for the average person. That could very well explain the growing number of Americans turning to crowd funding for medical expenses. If you reach your goal, the money can help keep you from overwhelming medical debt.

In Oklahoma City, the local CrossFit community has come together to help a family a step further.

“Whenever people are going through these hard time, you always see the community really jump on board and help each other out,” says Brice Collier, Koda CrossFit director of programming.

Collier is one of the organizers of Big Ben's Poker WOD-- or work out of the day. Five CrossFit gyms across the OKC metro have come together to help the Hymer family.

“We are doing this to raise money for Ben Hymer, the infant son of Drew Hymer. Drew has been in the CrossFit community for over 10 years. He has been a CrossFit coach at several gyms. You see him in tons of competitions,” says Collier.

CrossFit OKC, Koda, CrossFit Complete, CrossFit 405, and Koda CrossFit Norman will all be hosting a different work out with simple movements. Once you’re done, you pick a card, collect five, and have a chance for a prize.

At six-months old, Ben has already been through heart surgeries and other medical procedures. His health is stable, but will likely need additional care throughout his life.

“I have never understood how expensive that stuff is until I’ve talked to people who have had to go through it. I will say that this, it has surprised me even more, now doing it with an infant. It seems that everything is 5 times as expensive,” says Collier.

Several local businesses are also matching donations during the event. An example of the strength of community pushing you through during difficult financial and emotional times.

For more information on the event you can click here, and if you are interested in donating, you can find the fundraising page here.

If you've considered setting-up crowd funding to deal with medical bills, you should know that you are not alone. There are more than 250-thousand medical fundraising campaigns every year through Go Fund Me. Thousands more campaigns can be found on other crowd funding sites. Have back up plans, because only a small percentage of them are ever fully funded. Many crowdfunding sites collect fees. On the plus side, in many cases, you do not need to reach the goal to make use of the donations.

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