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East Side Athletic Club personal trainer Susie Black Crowe nearly died a week ago, when she was struck with a blood infection and hospitalized. That is the bad news.

But the good news is, she is recovering, and eight local personal trainers are inviting members of the public to “get their sweat on for Susie,” a fundraiser to help defray her medical expenses, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Milwaukie High School gymnasium.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Susie Black Crowe, pictured with her husband, Jeff Crowe, nearly died recently after a bout with septicemia. All funds raised on Oct. 12 will be used to defray her medical bills.The body-conditioning exercises will be led by multiple instructors from Milwaukie fitness facilities to ensure a safe workout. The event is open to all levels of fitness, and it costs $10 at the door.

“Susie and I worked together at East Side Athletic Club, and we both enjoyed athletic training and shared similar training styles. I really respect her, and it is just too close to home not to help out in some way,” said Ashley Jensen, owner of The Warrior Room, a kettlebell studio in downtown Milwaukie.

Her brother and co-owner Luke Jensen, and many of The Warrior Room’s clients will be in attendance, Jensen said, adding, “We are really excited to serve Susie and her family in this small way. We want her to know that she is loved and supported by her community.”

Mike Thomas, of My Path Wellness on Southeast McLoughlin in Milwaukie, said he wants to be part of the fundraiser, because it is “a great thing to do for a fellow personal trainer.”

He knows that most trainers only get paid when they are working, so this event will be able to help Black Crowe and her family with medical expenses.

Of all the trainers at the event, trainer Julie Arts is closest to Black Crowe, and the two women are friends and co-workers at the ESAC on Southeast Boardman Avenue in Milwaukie.

People should attend the fundraiser, because DJ Gustav from Just Gustav of 94.7 FM will spin tunes, and “we are going to have fun and all skill levels are welcome, as we will be helping people modify a variety of exercises, like pushups and sit-ups,” Arts said.

“Susie helped a lot of people in our community become healthier, and now she’s in a weak position, and it is our turn to help her.”

Donations to fund

Milwaukie High School is at 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave. The event takes place in the gymnasium at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Black Crowe medical fund.

For more information, send an email to organizer Jody Schreffler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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