#D4D4 - Our BIGGEST Deadlifts for Dreams Yet!

Deadlifts for Dreams 4 is set to be our BIGGEST meet yet - and we can’t wait to see you there!

This year’s Deadlifts for Dreams event will be taking place on Saturday, August 27th, 2022 at Training Grounds Gym* in St. Malo. It’s going to be our biggest event yet, complete with outdoor activities for kids and families, an on-site barbeque and of course - our main event: deadlifts AND axle lifts!

Since 2019, and thanks to your incredible participation and support, Deadlifts for Dreams has raised $75,000 for kids in Manitoba battling life-threatening illnesses. This year, we hope to celebrate a total of $100,000 raised through Deadlifts for Dreams and another incredible dream come true - but we need your help!

If you’ve participated in Deadlifts for Dreams in the past, we hope you’ll consider joining us once again for this year’s event. If you are new to lifting or are concerned that you’re out of practice or might not have enough time to train - please consider still joining us in our mission to make a dream come true. 

Our Deadlifts for Dreams community is a welcoming one, and we’re all working together to bring dreams to life.

This year, that Dream is for Ethan, a four-year-old from Ste. Agathe, Manitoba. Ethan is a smart, funny, sweet and energetic four year old. He loves dinosaurs, cars, trucks, trains, and superheroes. He loves to read, especially about bugs, dinosaurs and animals, and he likes to bake, especially in the wintertime when it's pretty cold out. He’s recently started soccer, and he's really excited about starting swimming this summer as well.

When asked about his biggest Dream come true, Ethan shared that he wants to visit the “Dino Wilds” - which anyone with kids will know is a fictional dinosaur world from Paw Patrol.

Together, we can make sure that Ethan has a dream come true full of dinosaurs, animals, and all of his favourite things!

Click here to read Ethan's incredible story! 

*If lifters would prefer to participate but record their lift virtually or from a home/gym space they are more comfortable in - that is absolutely welcome!

Meet Details:

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, August 27th, 2022
Location: Training Grounds Gym - 21129 Trunk Hwy 59, Saint Malo, Manitoba
Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM

Participant Categories:

  • Novice - For those who are participating in a deadlifting event for the very first time!
  • Competitive - For anyone who has participated in a deadlifting event in the past.

Meet Schedule:

  • 9:00AM - Warm-up (open to all participants)
  • 10:00AM - Novice Category Deadlifts / Competitive Category Warm-Up
  • 11:00AM - Competitive Category Deadlifts / Strongmen Category Warm-Up
  • 12:00PM - Strongmen Category Compete
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM - Awards Ceremony and Post-Meet BBQ

For Guests:

Not a lifter but curious to come and check out the event? We'd love to have you! We're planning to have a number of family-friendly activities on site in addition the the main event and post-meet BBQ. It's going to be an incredible day of athleticism and making dreams come true - come and check it out!

Meet Ethan!

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Ethan is a smart, funny, sweet and energetic four year old. He loves dinosaurs, cars, trucks, trains, and superheroes. He loves to read, especially about bugs, dinosaurs and animals, and he likes to bake with us, especially in the wintertime when it's pretty cold out. He’s recently started soccer, and he's really excited about starting swimming this summer as well.

We found out that Ethan had cystic fibrosis through newborn screening - when he was just two and a half weeks old. After just a few days with our son, we were scheduling meetings and tests, learning about the markers for cystic fibrosis, and understanding what this would mean for Ethan as he grew up.

For our family, it’s meant physiotherapy twice a day, specialized multivitamins and enzymes to help him grow at proper rate, and most recently Ethan has started using a nebulizer to help loosen the mucus in his lungs. The disease makes Ethan a lot more prone to getting sick, and even a simple cold can take him weeks to recover from.

All of these things just mean that we have to stay very aware of how Ethan is feeling. If he’s coughing or sneezing, we’re probably going to pay a little bit closer attention than the average parent might have to. We’re thinking about “Okay, is this going to be something that leads to antibiotics? A trip to the hospital?” Those questions are always there in the back of your mind.

In spite of all of that, Ethan loves to stay active. He’s always running, laughing and jumping around - all of which are activities that help clear the mucus from his lungs, keep him healthy, but also give him an opportunity to have fun like any other kid.

When asked about his biggest Dream come true, Ethan has told us more than once that he wants to visit the “Dino Wilds” - which anyone with kids will know is a fictional dinosaur world from Paw Patrol. So I’m going to guess that his Dream come true will definitely have something to do with dinosaurs and animals - that would definitely make his day.

To everyone that is working this summer to help make Ethan’s Dream come true, thank you. Ethan is such a special little boy, and the fact that so many people are coming together to help his dream come to life means the world to our family.

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Recent Activity

NEW in 2022: The #D4D4 Gym Challenge!

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This year, we're excited to introduce the 2022 Dream Gym Challenge! We're challenging gyms and training centres from across Manitoba to bring their lifters out and raise funds in support of more dreams come true for Manitoba kids.

How It Works:

As participants register for Deadlifts for Dreams, they will be asked to enter the gym that they typically train at. If there are multiple participants from the same gym, they will be placed on a team and entered in the Dream Gym Challenge!

Whichever gym collectively raises the most by August 27th will become the 2022 Dream Gym! In addition to the glory and bragging rights, the winning gym will also bring home an incredible prize: a push/drag sled courtesy of our friends at Irwin Fitness.

Gym Owners:

If you are a gym or training centre owner, and would like to enter a team of participants in the 2022 Dream Gym Challenge and help make more dreams come true, please contact deadlifts@thedreamfactory.ca to learn more and get your lifters registered!

 

Become A Sponsor

Your company can become a sponsor of Deadlifts for Dreams 4, an event bringing together lifters from across Manitoba for a friendly competition with one shared goal in mind: to make some very special dreams come true.

Your sponsorship will help reach our goal of bringing more dreams to life for kids in Manitoba battling life-threatening illnesses. Plus, you will be able to be a proud partner in one of Manitoba's most unique fundraising events.

This year, we have two sponsorship levels:

  • Premier "White Lights" Sponsor (3 Available) - $2500
  • Event Sponsor - $500

As a sponsor, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Logo placement on all event signage
  • Recognition on Deadlifts for Dreams Website
  • Logo placement on all competitor t-shirts
  • Opportunity to contribute to lifter welcome packages
  • Social Media recognition by both Deadlifts for Dreams and The Dream Factory
  • Verbal acknowledgement at the event

To learn more or become a sponsor, please contact Andrew Kussy, Event Manager at deadlifts@thedreamfactory.ca

Premier Sponsors

Manitoba Egg Farmers

Event Sponsors

Beakley Mobile Fitness

Fust & Associates - IG Private Wealth Management

Indus Automation

LA Travel Group

Red River Siding & Eavestroughs

Rihal Digital Designs

Rihal Digital Designs

Wawanesa Insurance

White Lion Athletics

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Check Out Deadlifts for Dreams 2019 + 2020!

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At The Dream Factory, our mission is to bring dreams to life for Manitoba kids who are battling life-threatening illnesses. 

Our ultimate goal is to create as many opportunities as possible for kids to just be kids, despite the incredibly difficult battles they may be fighting.

Our Dream Kids are under the age of 18, have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and are able to communicate their dream in some form. We include all immediate family members in the dream experience, and every dream starts with a referral from a member of our community.

Examples of dreams come true over the last 12 months have included a Batman-themed bedroom makeover for Malachi, an incredible trip to Quebec for Jasmine, a brand new backyard playhouse for Kayne, and even a new camper trailer for Aysen!

Our dream is for a world where there are no sick kids, but until that is possible, we work to ensure that every sick child in Manitoba has the opportunity to have their dream come true.

Your support of Deadlifts for Dreams 4 will directly help to ensure that even more dreams can come true for kids right here in our community fighting some incredibly difficult battles. We can't do it without you!