J.A.M. for Jude
J.A.M. (Jude Academy Memorial) for Jude is a special event presented by The Chand Foundation designed to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Jude Rockwell Marler (read his story below). The event will raise funds to support the Jude Rockwell Academy (JRA), located in India, which was created in his honor.
J.A.M. for Jude
J.A.M. (Jude Academy Memorial) for Jude is a special event presented by Crossfit Essentials designed to honor and perpetuate the legacy of Jude Rockwell Marler (read his story below). The event will raise funds to support the Jude Rockwell Academy (JRA), located in India, which was created in his honor.
Jude Rockwell Marler died due to complications during birth on April 28, 2012. He was almost 10 pounds of the most beautiful boy we ever saw…we had been calling him “our buddy” ever since we found out that he was a boy. And that day was the worst day of our lives.
He left two stunned parents (Rachel almost died as well and spent many months recovering physically), a big sister who was 12 at the time, grandparents waiting to dote on him, aunts, uncles, and countless friends who were hoping to celebrate. Instead we left the hospital empty handed. Put the car seat away in a closet. And wondered “WHY”.
No parent should have to bury their child. But we did. So we had to deal with that. We spent many months in counseling and fully working through the grief process (which never ends) but coming from a faith-filled background, we had to look for a greater purpose…how can we make anything good at all come from our pain?
Through a series of connections, conversations, and the passage of time, we have found a way to use our tragedy to perpetuate the legacy of our son via the Jude Rockwell Academy, located near our family in Lucknow, India. At this school, children from nearby villages are able to receive an education that they otherwise would not have without us. Without Jude. Without you.
We will always have pain and a hole in our hearts but we are glad to be able to extend Jude’s influence through the Jude Rockwell Academy. Jude’s story will continue…
Literally, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your participation and involvement.
Zack & Rachel Marler
Run 5k/Walk 1m
“Register as a phantom runner or run/walk where you live…we’ll still send you a shirt!”
This race is being held virtually. Please grab your family and do the run from home! If you register by April 1st we will mail your shirt to wear the day of the run. If you register after we will still mail you a shirt, just no guaranteed arrival date. Thank you for your support in this transition. Be sure to drop a selfie on Facebook and IG and tag Jam for Jude….let’s go VIRTUAL!”
5k Race/1 Mile = $30.00
Kids fun run = $10.00
Phantom Run (just send me the tshirt) = $30.00
NEW for 2020!!!
This year we are so excited to share that we will have a Kid’s fun run at 8:30 AM! Kids will be led in a fun and active run by Jude’s dad, Zack! They will remain on the property for this run so parents can enjoy! There will also be other fun activities for the kids – facepainting, bouncy house, and more! Please collect your kiddos after the fun run as childcare during the 5k/1M is not provided.
The 5k/1mile walk/run will begin at 9:00 AM and kids are welcome to join their parents for this as well.
We are looking for sponsors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to become a sponsor or donate!