The Carly Stowell Foundation

Siege had a visitor this week Elena Stowell, from James Fosters BJJ in Seatle.  Fosters is a Lotus Club affiliate that boasts several Black Belts and is lead by Giva Santana 2nd Degree Black Belt James Foster.  Elena is a Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu and is the author of the book Flowing With The Go: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey of the Soul.  Elena found Jiu Jitsu after the sudden passing of one her three children, Carly, and used Jiu Jitsu to help cope with the devastation.  I personally have not yet read the book but my Mom and Girlfriend spoke very highly of it.  You can find her book on Amazon.
Elena runs a charity, The Carly Stowell Foundation, that is working on collecting used GI’s and Submission Grappling gear for adults and children in the Projecto Social in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  Families that live in this area are very limited financially and the majority are in need of food, transportation, and everyday necessities.  While in Brazil Elena felt a desire to help this area so she plans to go and personally deliver the gear to brighten the lives of those there.  I will be bringing a collection to Elena at Pan Ams if you have anything you would like to donate.
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