Oakmont yoga studio hosting benefit classes for Fox Chapel family
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Amazing Yoga Oakmont will host special Thanksgiving morning classes to help a Fox Chapel family.
Ada Mae Grashow, 11, lives with complex disabilities due to Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder caused by deletion or rearrangement of chromosome 22.
Symptoms include seizures, intellectual disability, low muscle tone and developmental and speech delays.
A foundation called World of Mae was formed to help fund Ada’s needs and raise awareness of the syndrome.
The yoga studio at 527 Allegheny Ave. will host classes from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and 9 to 10:15 a.m. Nov. 28 to help support the effort.
A $20 donation is suggested. The money expected to go toward an in-home therapeutic water facility specifically designed to ensure Ada remains as strong and functional as possible.
Yoga instructor Sarah Hummel said one of her patrons knows the family, and they reached out to see if there was something they could do to help.
“The cause touched my heart,” Hummel said. “It’s a medically fragile little girl and it’s a local family. The family’s pretty amazing. It makes you wonder why you worry and complain about small stuff like whatever it is. Her mom’s really a warrior and this girl’s a warrior. I’m inspired by them and by their family.”
This is not the first time charitable classes were offered by Amazing Yoga Oakmont on the holiday.
“It’s a donation-based class and it’s great way to start your Thanksgiving,” Hummel said. “Sometimes dealing with family can be stressful, and it’s a healthy way to start the day for your mind and for your body. It’s also about giving back to the community.”
People can sign up for the classes at amazingyogaoakmont.com.
More information about Ada and the foundation is available at worldofmae.blog/home.