Demeri Zwart recently graduated from West Deptford Middle School. An amazing softball standout, she was not feeling well after a recent game. What her family hoped would be a quick trip for medical help turned into every parent’s worst nightmare.

The Zwart’s are no stranger to nightmares. Just three short years ago a few hours after hitting Fran, Demeri’s father Bob, long-time member of CrossFit 1Force, had a very serious heart attack. Upon waking up in the ER, Bob asked, “When can I go back to CrossFit?” And one year to the day of his heart attack, he did Fran again surrounded by his 1Force fam and supported by his beautiful wife Melissa and daughter Demeri. 

Bob recently said, “My heart attack pales in comparison to what we are facing now.” But in typical Zwart fashion, the fierce threesome are standing strong—what many are calling #DemStrong—as they hunker down for the fight of their lives.

Demeri has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which occurs when cancer cells form in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell critical to the body’s immune system and responsible for fighting off infections. Thankfully, Demeri’s prognosis is excellent, and her initial treatment plan includes nearly three months of chemo to eradicate the cancer.

Always bright-siding life, the Zwart’s are doing their best to enjoy their summer. Thankful for the ability to have the flexibility to be by Demeri’s side as she undergoes treatment, Bob and Melissa are most thankful for the amazing Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia right here in our backyard.

For the next four days, there will be raffle tickets for sale at the box. You can win a ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP to CrossFit 1Force! Chances are $20 a piece or three for $50. Cash only for the raffle tickets. This prize is valued at $2K.

Demeri will draw the winner of the raffle at a fundraiser sponsored by her softball team on Friday, July 27. You don’t have to present to win—but you really should go! All 1Forcers who attend will get an EXTRA TWO CHANCES in the raffle. It’s at the Oak Valley Fire Hall, and tickets are $25 a person for buffet, beer, wine and soda. If you are interested in going, please contact

Let’s show Dem, Bob and Melissa that the #1Force Fam is standing strong behind them as they prepare for the fight of their lives. Thank you as always for your support.

Note: You don’t need to be a member to participate. Prize is not transferable. If a married couple wins, the married rate will be cut in half for one year.