More than 100 people attended a morning of memorial workouts Sunday at The Warrior Fitness Camp for Jennifer Stift, a 17-year-old
who was killed in a car collision on Aug. 18.
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The event kicked off with a 7:30 a.m. Worship Spin class coached by The Warrior Fitness Camp Coach Réal Andrews. The spin room was full with 27 people participating in the workout.
“Jennifer did everything with a smile. For us, it’s not goodbye, it’s until we see her again,” Andrews said. “Today is a day of salvation and Jennifer was a champion. If she could believe it, she could achieve it.”
Following the Worship Spin workout, more than 100 friends and family of Stift danced and exercised in a 9 a.m. Church Workout. Tchicaya Missamou, an owner of The Warrior Fitness Camp.
Dozens wore bright, colorful socks to honor Stift. Friends of Stift said she wore fuzzy, colorful socks “all the time.”
“She liked to dance,” said Stift’s sisters Katie Stift and Sandy Stift. “Tchicaya said it well, she just loved to be happy.”
More than $2,000 was raised at the event and will be donated to the Stift family to help alleviate some of the funeral costs.
Following the Church and Worship Workouts, the group went on a run in the Canyon Country area following a Los Angeles County Fire Department engine with The Warrior Fitness Camp Hummer playing music in tow.
“We at the Los Angeles County Fire Department believes in community and you showed that here today,” said a firefighter as the engine left. “Thank you very much. Keep up the work. Everyone will miss Jennifer.”
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The runners chanted “We love you Jen” as they made their way around The Warrior Fitness Camp building.
“We are warriors. In the warriors doctrine, we don’t leave any man behind. Jennifer was part of us and she’s still going to be part of us. This was not the end, this is a new beginning for all of us. Her life, her legacy can be run into events and warrior fitness because she is a warrior,” Missamou said. “All of The Warrior Fitness games that we are going to have, a portion of proceeds will go to her family. Everything that we are going to do in this gym is for her.”
The Warrior Fitness Camp officials plan to hold a vigil for Stift Sunday evening at 8 p.m
“We are glad that this young lady who talked about happiness can reach out to the whole world and bring a whole community together. Like she said ‘I am happy with my life now.’ It’s a statement that she will leave on earth forever,” Missamou said. “She never wanted anyone to be sad. She wanted everybody to be happy and that’s what the whole thing is all about. It’s about sharing the happiness.”
Photo of group in the shape of a heart courtesy of Brooke Kassap-Ritter
Source: Santa Clarita News