Kimberly Kaye Lopez is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt who lives with a chronic illness known as Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction (CIPO). CIPO is a rare gastrointestinal disorder that takes a huge toll on the person living with it and for Lopez this is no different. Continuing her jiu jitsu journey has been incredibly difficult. Jiu Jitsu is a grinding sport and physically challenging on its own, but when you factor in the pain that one suffers while experiencing the symptoms associated with CIPO, the fact that she is still able to grind it out on the mats speaks to her toughness.
Kimberly was recently in the hospital. As we all know, heath costs in America can really stack up on you so her husband Ray (who is the founder and head instructor at Wulfpack MMA & Tactical Self-Defense in New Orleans, Louisiana) has dedicated himself to pushing through a challenge of his own: rolling for 24 hours straight.
As reported by Jiu Jitsu Times:
From 11 am on Saturday, May 27 to 11 am on Sunday, May 28, Ray is going to be doing what he and Kimberly love for ten minutes at a time, resting for only three minutes in between each roll and for sixty minutes at the twelve-hour mark.
The event is going to be an open mat at New State Fitness/ Nola BJJ Metaire, with a monetary donation of any size requested for entry. Ray wants to encourage anyone who can to stop by for some rolls to raise awareness and support for his “partner in crime”, but if the trip is too far for you, you can watch it happen live through the stream on New State Fitness’ Facebook page.
If you’d like to support these two members of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, you can donate via Paypal at email@example.com or Venmo at @ramonlopez2
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Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.