Thanks to our generous members, Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym reached our goal of raising $5,000 at Upland’s Relay for Life on June 13 at Magnolia Park, thereby earning the tile of Silver Sponsor. The event raised money for the American Cancer’s Society’s fight against cancer.
The Gym’s team was named “D-Lad ❤️ Shirlee’s” in honor of two courageous people who died of cancer: Daniel (D-Lad) Ladner (son of gym member Frances Ladner), who died from complications of leukemia at 18, and Gary Peterson, Shirlee’s founder, who died in October 2014, also from leukemia.
Peterson’s upbeat attitude and love for life lives on in the the gym he founded and named “Shirlee’s” as an acronym for: Strengthen, Hearten, Inspire, Restore, Love, Encourage, Empower, Support.
“On behalf of Shirlee’s, I personally want to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped us reach our $5,000 goal,” said Peterson’s wife, Konnie Vong, who now owns the gym. “We came together in memory of of D-Lad and Gary as well as other friends and relatives lost to cancer, and I am proud of our members for supporting the American Cancer Society.”