Cancer and an autoimmune disease in her lungs forced Mary Hieb into retirement, and fear of the colds and flus that could end her life made her a shut-in. At that point she knew she could either wait to die or fight to live, so she chose the latter.
And then she decided to try CrossFit.
Brought to Rainier CrossFit by her daughter, Sandy Castillo, Mary worked with Kurtis and Laurie Bowler, who slowly eased her into the program. Soon, Mary started to see health improvements, and medical tests eventually confirmed that her condition was indeed getting better.
After consultation with her doctor, Mary now has goals beyond simple survival: she wants to lose weight, keep it off and run around a 400-meter track with her son.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Seniors and Kids by Greg Glassman, published Feb. 1, 2003.