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On the Road with WWA—Xavier Berney

As Sheryl brings Walking With America across the country, every day brings new opportunities to meet incredible, unique, and inspiring people along the way.

Uniquely, this “On the Road” segment introduces a brand-new friend, team member, and walker. Xavier is joining Sheryl on her epic journey, supporting the mission of WWA with every step—to live happier, healthier lives.

Walking With America is both proud and pleased to welcome Xavier Berney to our ever-growing network of support for a healthier, happier nation! Xavier has joined Sheryl as she continues on her path across America, helping those they meet along the way to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

An Alabama native, Xavier always had an outgoing and ambitious streak. Raised by a single mother, his comfort zone has always been in traveling the country and surrounding himself with strong, inspirational people.

On a chance meeting in a laundromat, Xavier and Ruben crossed paths and briefly chatted about a woman who was walking from Key West. As Xavier says, “I felt ambition just with him telling me about it—it was new energy, something to believe in. It was like the West Coast was coming to Florida.”

Xavier & Sheryl–Taking Florida by storm!

Even though he left without getting Ruben or Sheryl’s information, two days later, it was fate that Xavier passed right by Sheryl while on his way to South Beach to meet up with friends.

From a morning bike ride, making small talk in a laundromat, making spontaneous plans in South Beach, and even missing the bus, timing and fate have been underlying forces from the beginning.

As Xavier puts it, “I literally met Sheryl off the words of somebody—and three days later, she appeared. I believed in everything she was doing, we talked for an hour, and I quit my job on the spot!”

What made you want to join WWA?

When I first met Sheryl, everything was just so brand new to us! We started walking and we built a great relationship that day, and it was beautiful. I literally quit my job right then and there!

I told the guy who I was working for at the time that I knew the job that I had wasn’t meant to be. It was like I knew that something spiritual and powerful was going to come up, and that I was going to do what I was meant to.

In fact, before Sheryl walked up the street, I even ran up to the bus with my bike, and they pulled away right before I got there. I missed my bus perfectly—I didn’t have any choice but to wait. Everything was pulling together so that we could meet—it was incredible!

We were two people out of 170,000 in downtown Miami who didn’t know anything about each other, and by fate, we end up connecting.

What did your family and friends have to say about your decision to join WWA?

A couple friends said it’s crazy, but they are so inspired—they always knew that I had that adventurous spirit. They’re proud and happy—my friends, family, they all think that it is so cool. In fact, my whole family is planning on visiting when we pass through Atlanta!

Do you have any personal goals that you are hoping to achieve with WWA?

Spiritually, I’m hoping to become much stronger, to speak positively, and to follow through with that. Sheryl and I are creating our own language where we are positive—it’s not how, it’s WHEN. We’re on a powerful frequency.

Personally, I want to inspire communities around America, with the goal of setting up health events and creating a solid network to give back to the public. I want to set up places where people can have cookouts, organize free blood pressure screenings, and just focus on giving back to their communities in a beautiful way.

Welcome to Walking With America, Xavier!

On the Road with WWA—Ruben Ortega

As Sheryl brings Walking With America across the country, every day brings new opportunities to meet incredible, unique, and inspiring people along the way.

Uniquely, this “On the Road” segment introduces a brand-new friend, team member, and walker. Ruben Ortega is joining Sheryl on her epic journey, supporting the mission of WWA with every step—to live happier, healthier lives.

Walking With America is both proud and pleased to welcome Ruben Ortega to our ever-growing network of support for a healthier, happier nation!

Ruben has joined Sheryl as she continues on her path across America, sharing every step and helping those they meet along the way to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

A sales representative for Theramu—a safe, all-natural alternative for pain management—Ruben first met Sheryl as a business partnership, joining forces with Burst Management to promote healthy, natural products.

As luck would have it, Ruben happened to be visiting South Florida and stopped to replenish Sheryl’s supply of Theramu. It was in that moment that Sheryl and Ruben both came to the same realization—why not walk together?

Sheryl & Ruben–Bringing WWA across Florida!

As Ruben describes it, “It was almost like she wanted me to walk with her but didn’t ask. And I wanted to walk with her, but I didn’t ask!” One week later, Ruben found himself walking right beside Sheryl as an integral part of the Walking With America movement.

“It’s such a big deal that I’m walking across the country with her! Both of us are are excited about it,” he says.

We caught up with Ruben during a mid-day walking break, resting from the Florida sun beneath the shade of a palm tree. When asked if he felt like he was ‘living the dream,’ Ruben laughed and said, “Living the dream—what’s great is that this is reality! I don’t have to dream, that’s what’s cool!”

What made you want to join WWA?

When Sheryl first told me that she was walking through America, I was like “What?!” A good friend of mine actually did something similar, biking from Maryland to Key West and then Seattle to San Diego, which I always thought was really cool.

Ever since Sheryl told me about her walk, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I love the idea of motivating people to just get up and do something—to just be healthy, live a healthy lifestyle. Get up and walk—that’s it, it’s so simple!

What did your family and friends have to say about your decision to join WWA?

Well, the first thing you have to know about my brother is that he has a rule with me—any ideas that I give him, his first answer is always “No” because I’m a salesman!

Of course, once he heard me talk about it—and when he saw how excited my boss at Theramu was about the possibility of taking the product out on the road—he was like “Wow, that’s great!” My brother is very supportive—he’s always checking in on me, seeing how many miles we have done, and making sure that I have everything that I need.

How long do you plan on walking with Sheryl?

I’m planning to walk with Sheryl the whole way through—after all, the whole point is to finish! Naturally, Sheryl has to see if she likes me being around, and it’s all so new that there’s a whole lot of uncertainty there as to whether the chemistry will work well.

So far, it has been awesome! There is an opportunity to keep working while walking—I can do what I’m doing already, but also do WWA. I love to meet new people and go new places—plus, it’s also going to get me into great physical shape!

Do you have any personal goals that you are hoping to achieve with WWA?

For me, definitely treating my body as a temple—being healthy is a huge thing. My goal is to be healthy, so physical fitness is a big draw. But there are so many other great reasons for anyone to get behind this—it’s not just for weight loss, it’s for affecting other people’s lives and changing communities.

For me, this walk also has perfect timing. I’m starting a new life and a new career—it’s a great transition period. I’m finding out who I am. Any time you go on a journey like this, something is going to happen to you—you just have to be open to it!

Welcome to the WWA team, Ruben! 

 

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On the Road with WWA—Shayna Frasco-Rose, RAC Athletic Club

As Sheryl brings Walking With America across the country, every day brings new opportunities to meet incredible, unique, and inspiring people along the way.

Our “On the Road” series features brief interviews and unique insights from these new-found friends, team members, and networks across the nation that support the mission of WWA—to live happier, healthier lives.

With a passion for personal fitness and health, Shayna Frasco-Rose, owner of The Rose Athletic Club (RAC) is a natural reflection of the Walking With America vision!

Happily married with two young boys, Shayna founded The Rose Athletic Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, five years ago with one goal in mind—to do what she loved, and to help children and families do the same. Having grown up with physical fitness as a central part of life (her father and uncles were all body builders), a passion for living a healthy life was instilled early on. As she says,

“I’m big on kid’s programs because I feel that schools continue to have less physical activity. I even teach at my son’s preschool [sports]. I like bringing that awareness there at a young age, that’s kind of how I grew up and it stuck with me for the rest of my life!”

The Rose Family

As both a new mother and a new Florida resident, Shayna recognized the importance of encouraging children to participate in physical health. Today, along with a wide variety of children and adult-oriented fitness programs, the RAC Athletic Club features Mommy & Me classes, encouraging mothers to safely and confidently make physical fitness fun, interactive, and fulfilling.

With a strong focus on supporting physical activity and health within the family dynamic, Shayna is a perfect fit for the Walking With America cause, and a wonderful friend to have connected with along the way.

As she says, “America is families; it’s real people. It’s kind of what intrigued me about Walking with America—it’s all about real people with real goals!”

(We couldn’t have said it any better, Shayna!)

Our Newest Florida Host—Shayna Frasco-Rose & The RAC

We are so pleased to announce that in April, Shayna will be one of our Florida hosts for Walking With America. She will be helping to build and support a community of happy, healthy walkers in Port St. Lucie!

Keep an eye on Walking With America and Rose Athletic Club for updates on the upcoming event, and don’t forget to reach out and connect with The RAC and Shayna:

The Rose Athletic Club

Connect with Sheryl—Walking With America

No matter who you are or where you are, I invite you to join the movement, to WALK WITH ME, and to start embracing this beautiful and crazy life, one step at a time! For real-time stories, pictures, laughs, and triumphs along the way, don’t forget to:

Lastly, don’t forget to #walkwithme—become a part of the movement and contribute an integral piece of my ultimate vision: to walk together, share a moment of our lives, and come to a happier, healthier understanding of our world.