Shelby Schirmer, senior at Sussex Technical High School, has partnered with Milford business owner Bobbi Pavlak of Extreme Total Fitness, in an effort to bring awareness and raise funds for the Youth Advisory Committee to educate and prevent child abuse. The Spin For A Child Event, to be held on Friday, November 8 at 5:30pm, will raise money more specifically to reduce and prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).
A part of the Health Professional track at Sussex Tech, Shelby is required to create a senior project that is related to the medical field. She chose to raise money for the Youth Advisory Committee, and specifically FSA, due to a close connections with someone she knows that has been affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome firsthand.
“There are a lot of children that have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or are affected by FSA in our area,” stated Shelby. “In addition to the physical and mental defects that are common among children with FSA, children diagnosed with FSA are also more prone to become alcoholics themselves.”
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is associated with mental and physical defects that occur in the fetus stage of development due to high levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. An estimated 40,000 newborns each year are affected by FAS, or have FAS, with damage ranging from major to subtle, according to the National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). The organization states that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is more prevalent than Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, SIDS, Cystic Fibrosis, and Spina Bifida combined.
Enjoying spinning classes at Extreme Total Fitness for three years, Shebly decided to ask Pavlak if the event to raise money could include a spinning theme. “Everyone likes to do 5K runs to support their cause and I thought spinning would b a unique twist that people could enjoy,” stated Schirmer. “One hundred percent of the money raised by this event will go to the Youth Advisory Committee.”
The Spin For A Child event on Friday November 8 will occur at 5:30 at Extreme Total Fitness, located at 239 NE Front Street in downtown Milford. The spots for bikes are limited and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals can reserve a spot for the Spin for a Child Event by signing up at Extreme Total Fitness or calling 302-422-8808. Individuals that cannot spin or cannot make the November 8 date can also donate by bring a check to the gym made out to Julie Y. Schrimer.