Nine kids had an extra special Christmas this year after Orangetheory's fourth annual Torture the Trainer—in which members assign fitness trainers reps of exercises by donating specific dollar amounts to the cause—raised $80,100 for Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana.
The 15 Houston-area Orangetheory studios collected donations from December 1–12, and the culminating watch party at the Midtown and Sawyer Heights locations on December 15 saw trainers complete their punishments for more than an hour.
Last year's event raised $53,400, enough to fulfill six wishes for Make-a-Wish kids who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. On average, granting one wish costs about $8,900, meaning this year's 30 percent increase in donations was able to fund three more kids' wishes. They are:
- A trip to Disney World for Camila, age, 9, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- A trip to Disney World (specifically to meet Elsa and Anna) for Kendall, age 4, with acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Another trip to Disney World for Miguel, age 8, with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission
- Yet another trip to Disney World, this time to meet Baloo from Jungle Book, for William, age 8, with metachromatic leukodystrophy
- A bedroom makeover for Kylie, age 14, with mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma
- A service dog for Ernestina, age 15, with muscular dystrophy
- A Symphony of the Seas cruise for Ceonie, age 17, with malignant neoplasm of the thyroid gland
- A meet-and-greet with the Real Madrid soccer team for Diego, age 17, with Hodgkin lymphoma
- A Disney trip to meet Moana for Emma, age 3, with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in remission.