Jerks for Jewels began as a part of a company called Journey Seeker and later branched off to become it's own 501(c)(3). It was started as a way to focus on masculinity and to stand for men and their concerns by raising awareness and funds in the CrossFit community for men's health issues.
We support men and boys already diagnosed with testicular cancer and support screenings and detection of prostate cancer. In the years to come, Jerks for Jewels will be expanding our charitable reach beyond testicular and prostate cancer. We will be including, single fathers, men's suicide, and male wounded warriors. This all encompassing male-centered charity will be a first of it's kind by covering the full gamut of men's issues.
"Every hour a male is diagnosed with testicular cancer. 1 of 270 men, ages 15-35, will die each year."
"Every year 24,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime."
"Both are almost 100% curable if found early."
Males are being diagnosed with these deadly forms of cancer daily. What's sad and frustrating is, if detected early, they are both almost 100% curable! The problem is, men don't want to talk about this and are unaware of the importance of self-exams. Just as women feel a close connection and identity with their breasts, so does a man with his parts.
This is where the community comes in. We want Crossfit affiliates to come along side and partner with us each April to host a Jerks for Jewels Competition to raise funds to support the education and awareness of these health issues.
This is an annual competition that can be made in to a community, fun-filled day. Go out to your local Crossfit affiliate, donate to the cause, workout, and know that you're doing something good.
After our founders, Chris and Kristen - both Crossfit athletes, heard a story about how a teenage boy was diagnosed with testicular cancer, they were touched. Chris, knowing what it's like to fight for your children and fear losing them, saw a hole in masculine support across the Crossfit community. Realizing that men have a right to know, be educated about, and have the chance to detect a powerful cancer, they started a foundation that would fund those needs.
Meet the Founders
KRISTEN - Founder and Vice President
Kristen is the wildcard of the bunch, the unexpected Ace that takes the hand. Like the cold Northeastern wind from her home town in upstate New York she is the much needed breath of fresh air of the business. A business minded scotch drinker and cigar smoker, she fits right in but brings the unique female insight that Jerks for Jewels wouldn't be the same without.
CHRIS - Founder and President
Chris is a single father & journey seeker and was born under a wandering star. Is it fun? Then yes! Is it difficult? Sign him up! He is always looking for new ways to grow, challenge himself, & be a better father & man. Chris spent ten years in the Marines Corps as a physical trainer and martial arts instructor but had never been more physically challenged then when he started Crossfit in 2014.
Meet the Board of Directors
Stephen Pritchard- Secretary
Stephen Pritchard is an associate at Isaacson Isaacson Sheridan Fountain & Leftwich, LLP and practices in the areas of both commercial real estate transactions and corporate law. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen attended Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law. While in law school, Stephen interned at the North Carolina Court of Appeals under Judge Robert C. Hunter, as well as the North Carolina Business Court under Judge James L. Gale. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and Operations Management from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Michael Garrett - Treasurer
Michael Garrett is a native of Raleigh North Carolina but considers Greensboro home. He studied business administration and economics at The Bryan School of Business and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and proceeded to work in investment banking with Morgan Stanley. Passionate about small business, he left investment banking to pursue opportunities to build and grow several firms into the profitable companies they are today. Michael is currently the Managing Partner of Marketing Associates, REVI Capital, Sierra Holdings, and Phoenix Capital Partners. In his free-time he gives back to the community by volunteering for the local YMCA, as well as serving on multiple community boards. Michael has served on the United Way Education Impact Council, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, UNCG Board of Visitors, UNCG Excellence Foundation, Chairman of the UNCG Alumni Association, and the Guilford Gang Commission just to name a few. Grateful for the opportunities he has been given he believes everyone has an obligation to pay it forward.
Steve Platek - Member
Dr. Steve Platek is a professor of psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College where he teaches neuroscience and animal behavior. Academically he's published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from cancer to mating to the issues with sedentary lifestyle. He's also the owner of CrossFit Gwinnett in Georgia and coaches independently. He's a past athlete on the NPGL's Miami Surge and current head coach of the Surge. As a single father he is deeply concerned with the lack of attention to male centered medical and psychological issues.
Ram Pathak - Member
Ram Pathak, MD is Urologic Surgeon who practices at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. After completing both undergraduate and medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, he attended Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida for his Urologic Residency. He has first-authored several publications in the fields of Urologic Oncology and Men's Health. His primary focus is minimally-invasive Robotic surgery and is currently super-specializing in this area. He enjoys furthering men's health issue both in an academic and global setting.
Brandon Fulwider - Member
Beneath Brandon Fulwider’s hard candied exterior lies a soft, silly, and gooey center. From treasure hunting to a boy band, there is no job Brandon hasn’t done. With that said, Brandon comes with years of CrossFit coaching experience and has his L1 and L2/ Coaches Prep certificates and is looking to sit for his L3 in the future. He has years and thousands of hours of head coaching experience and box managment. His true strength on the board lies with his experience in helping organize and run competitions from as big as The Crush Games to as small as in-house and muli-box competitions. He is a full time husband and fireman, as well as the GM for Top Tier CrossFit - Winston Salem. He’s in love with helping people. He dedicates his time and life to creating and growing things that help improve lives and experiences.