Monday, March 8, 2010

Our Twirly Girls support the National Kidney Foundation

Our very own Rita Pearson is a three-time kidney transplant recipient.  You'd never know she was "sick" by the way she lives her life.  Wife, mother, friend, knower-of-all-cool-techie-stuff.  She currently has THREE kidneys in her body, although I understand, only one is working properly.  She doesn't really like to talk about it, but I understand she wasn't supposed to live past 20.  Definitely wasn't supposed to have kids (hello!!!!! to her 13-year-old daughter, Kate).  I tell you this not to get sympathy for Rita, but to show you that she's a fighter and a survivor. 

Rita is participating in a 5k Kidney Walk to support the National Kidney Foundation on Saturday, May 8, 2010 in San Francisco.  Check out her page to donate

In order to support Rita, Twirly Girls is putting on a day of twirling to support healthy kidneys!  On Sunday, April 18th, the studio is going to offer several classes throughout the day (the schedule is still being finalized), with all of the proceeds going to support Rita's cause.  At the end of the day, some of the girls from the studio will be putting on a "dance recital" of sorts.  It will be a demonstration of the different levels and abilities of some of the dancers from the studio.  Please keep in mind that we are a POLE FITNESS studio, not a strip club.  Men will be welcome to attend our performance, but we will not be accepting dollars in our g-strings (not that most of us probably wear one -- or maybe I should just speak for myself).  Anyway, we will happily take your dollars, but they will 100% support the cause, and those dollars will have to be respectfully placed in a fish bowl or something.  :-)  We also ask those who would like to attend to keep in mind that most of us are beginners, and are nervous about putting ourselves out there.  So be nice. 

Attendance at the recital will be limited to about 30 people.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know.  We have not set a time, but I imagine it will take place somewhere between 4 PM and 6 PM on Sunday, April 18th.  Also, we are going to have a silent auction.  If you have a business you would like to promote and can donate an item or service, please let me know as well.  (My e-mail address is if you'd like to get in touch.) 

We have also been throwing around the idea of making shirts to support the cause.  (Bel's boyfriend, Doug is working on a design, but I was thinking something along the lines of: "Have Kidney, Will Twirl" or "iTwirl for Healthy Kidneys").  If you'd like to buy a shirt to support the cause, let me know that as well! 

I want to thank Bel at Twirly Girls Pole Fitness for graciously offering to give up 100% of the proceeds from the entire day on April 18th to Rita's cause.  So many times you hear about benefits where they give up 100% of the "profit."  Funny how much money they can eat up with their own fees and costs.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated.  And please mark Sunday, April 18th on your calendar!  Its going to be an awesome day!!




  1. Once again your kindness humbles me. Thank You

  2. Great post, Lori! We're with you, Rita!

  3. Thanks, Robert! We appreciate the support!!

  4. Rita is the best I am looking forward to attending this event. Both you and Rita have made my lifer so much richer by just knowing you and I am in awe of you both.See you at class tonight.