Teen athlete raises over $12,000 for Ukraine with stairclimber


An 18-year-old athlete climbed to $12,500 in support of the country of Ukraine after running a stair climber for 24 hours at her local gym.

Originally from Ukraine, Sadovska told Fox News Digital that she was born in Lviv. When she was 9 months old, her family moved to the USA – Ohio to be precise.

Apart from her parents, her brother and an aunt and an uncle, all other members of Sadovska’s family are still in Ukraine. Organizing a fundraiser to support her home country seemed natural to her.

“We Skype them almost every day,” Sadovska told Fox News Digital. “And they’re fine physically, but they’re just really stressed out.”

She added: “They are in their basement and [are] I’m just trying to do my best to stay calm and safe.

To raise funds for those fighting in Ukraine, Sadovska walked a stair climber from 6 a.m. Saturday, March 26 to 6 a.m. Sunday, March 27.

Sadovska – who lives in Cleveland and will be swimming for Ohio State University this fall – streamed the fundraiser live on TikTok for 24 hours. She also posted several videos of the event on her TikTok page.

The first video has been viewed more than 13.1 million times, while another video has been viewed more than 3.2 million times.

roots of their inspiration

Sadovska said she was inspired to hold a fundraiser after learning members of a UK swim team at the University of Central Lancashire swam 346.4 miles – the total area of ​​Ukraine.

“Obviously it was something crazy what they did,” Sadovska said, adding that the team was swimming in support of Ukraine.

This “crazy” fundraiser inspired her to think about her own project.

“I would know [that working out on] the stairmaster was hard. I knew it would draw a lot of attention, so I decided to do that and see how much money we can raise,” Sadovska said.

Sadovska added that she noticed videos on TikTok showing people doing stair-climbing machines for 90 minutes.

“All of these [videos] exploded, so I chose 24 [hours]’ Sadovska said.

Although she is an athlete and trains regularly, Sadovska said she did not do any special training or preparation for her fundraiser.

She also said she only trained with a stair climber “a couple of times” prior to the 24-hour challenge. “I just went in and hoped for the best,” said Sadovska.

friends “supported me”

Sadovska said the first 12 hours of her fundraiser after launch was “okay.”

“The time just flew by,” she said. “I had the spectators on the [TikTok livestream] and my friends around me who push and support me.”

She said her two best friends were with her for the first 12 hours to fill her up with water, give her snacks and keep her company.

Halfway through, another friend came and spent “several hours” with her, even joining her on the stair climber next to her for an hour. This friend also came back at the end of the fundraiser and did the stair climber again for Sadovska’s last class.

But even with the help it had become difficult, said Sadovska.

“After the 12-hour mark, I had my 10-minute break — that was the longest break I’ve had — and from there the time just slowed down so much,” she added. “The pain was really bad.”

Though she thought about quitting “several times,” Sadovska said she was encouraged by her friends who went to the gym with her and her viewers on the livestream.

“I knew I had to keep going because the longer I went, the more money I would raise,” she said.

Sadovska also got news early on, which gave her additional motivation when things got dicey.

“It got really difficult,” said Sadovska.

“But my parents actually called me when I was a couple [of] hours into this fundraiser. They told me that a rocket landed two miles from where I used to live and where my family currently lives in Ukraine.”

“That was my biggest motivating factor,” she added.

During the climb, Sadovska said she wasn’t listening to any music or podcasts, instead broadcasting her live stream. She also took a few short breaks that she didn’t include in her 24-hour countdown.

During her walk, Sadovska said she ate high-carb and high-sugar snacks like beef jerky, protein bars, fruit bars, dried fruit, jelly beans and pop tarts.

“Not the healthiest, but it kept my blood sugar and glycogen high so I could get through the 24 hours,” Sadovska said.

She added that she also has “tons of water, sports drinks, and an electrolyte drink mix on hand.”

“Reduce your risk of injury

dr Robert Parisien, an orthopedic sports medicine physician at Mount Sinai in New York City, told Fox News Digital that for the average person, a 24-hour stairclimber training, This person would have to prepare for at least three months, “if not more”, to avoid injury and conduct the event safely.

“It’s really something you need to prepare for, much like how an endurance athlete would prepare for an event, or even an ultra-endurance athlete, like an ultra-marathoner,” Parisien said.

Ordinary people considering attending an event like Sadovska’s should ensure they are in a solid physical condition. They should also taper their training before the event. This allows their muscles to recover and be in “peak physical condition” in time for the event, Parisien said.

He also encouraged people to make sure they have proper gear and gear on hand.

This includes petroleum jelly, bandages, protective adhesive against blisters, as well as several pairs of sneakers that have already been broken in, several pairs of socks and other dry clothing that can be worn alternately during the event.

Another “important” element of a 24-hour workout is a nutrition plan, Parisien said.

He said it was important to eat carbohydrates and calories, and to stay hydrated “throughout the event.”

“You really need to be consuming about 100 to 250 carbohydrate calories an hour after the first hour of competition,” Parisien said. “You can’t just walk into this event without having that [nutrition] Plan in place as this needs to be organized and set up in advance.”

During an event like this, Parisien said people should remember to go “slow and steady” and start at a “conservative” pace so they don’t burn off all their energy too soon.

He also encouraged people to take little breaks to change clothes and shoes and even stretch “just to reduce the risk of injury,” he said. “Let’s face it, there’s a high risk of injury here,” he added.

“It could be that she has muscle strains that take her days or weeks to recover from, or maybe it could even be something more serious where you’re actually tearing a big chunk of your muscle or tendon if you don’t open up.” prepared for this event,” he added.

In the case of Sadovska, who didn’t have much preparation, Parisien said that as a young, physically fit athlete, she was the exception.

Parisien said he’s done endurance events himself and covered similar events as a doctor; he said he appreciates Sadovska’s efforts.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing, a very altruistic thing that she’s done to raise money and use her ability, which is to be a young, healthy athlete,” Parisien said. “It’s very impressive.”

“It just shows the power of what each of us can do just by using our strengths,” he added.

Well above their original goal of $5,000

During her 24-hour stair climbing workout, Sadovska raised money with a bucket next to her machine for personal donations, as well as through her live stream and a GoFundMe page she set up. In total, she raised about $12,500 – well above her original goal of $5,000.

“This is absolutely crazy,” Sadovska said of the donations from people around the world. “I don’t even know how it happened, but I’m so grateful.”

Sadovska said she will pass on any personal donations she received at the gym to a local Ukrainian bank, which sends money directly to people in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, all donations raised on their GoFundMe page went directly to the Ukraine Relief organization.

“It’s something very small and it’s not going to stop what’s going on [in Ukraine]but it was the best I could do, so it makes me proud and happy,” she said.

Sadovska also wanted to draw attention to and support a no-fly zone over Ukraine. During her climb, she posted a no-fly zone petition and received 2,000 signatures.

“Almost fully recovered

Since completing her fundraiser last Sunday morning (March 27), Sadovska said her recovery has been going well. She said she took Epsom salt baths and ice baths; She even did cryotherapy (cold therapy).

Sadovska said she also stretched, rested, and took supplements and vitamins.

“The legs were really hurting and the knees were hurting a lot, but I’m almost completely recovered,” she noted.

While allowing her body to recover, Sadovska is processing her newfound internet fame and will be using her platform for more challenges in the future.

Sadovska said her friends and family are proud and pleased with the outcome of her viral exercise event.

“I am so blessed and grateful to have such supportive friends by my side who have helped me stay positive and get through the 24 hours,” she added. Teen athlete raises over $12,000 for Ukraine with stairclimber


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