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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