Crush Cancer for Jen Sposato (Prymek)

Jennifer’s Story
Originally from the suburbs of Illinois, Jennifer was born to parents Paul and Catherine. She has 2 younger twin sisters, Karen and Kristin, who have given her four nieces. She has always been an active individual, growing up she played on multiple softball and volleyball teams. After she finished high school, Jennifer moved to Des Moines to study pharmacy at Drake University in 1992. This is where she met her first husband, David. The two dated throughout college and married in the fall of 1997. Shortly after their marriage in 1999, Jennifer had her daughter, Hannah, who is currently a junior at the University of Kansas studying athletic training. After Hannah’s birth, Jennifer went back to working for Walgreens where she managed several different pharmacies over the course of 20 years. She has always loved helping people but being behind the counter was never her true passion. She wanted to do more to help people to improve their health and quality of life. However, the politics of insurances and attitudes of others made it difficult for her to do this. Thanks to an ankle injury Jennifer received while participating in Tae Kwon Do with her daughter, Jennifer was able to take the time to think about what would make her happy and what she wanted to do with her career. When she was recovered, she started out slowly by beginning to teach kickboxing and other group fitness activities at the same Tae Kwon Do studio. This is where her journey began.

She decided to quit pharmacy and began taking a year long Integrative Nutrition course online and became a certified personal trainer. Once certified, she started working for the YMCA as a personal trainer along with being a TRX and kettlebell instructor. She saw the application for LifeTime in late 2013 and was eventually hired as part of the grand opening crew for May of 2014. She has remained part of the crew since then recently celebrating 5 years of being at the club. Since being at LifeTime, a lot has happened. Jennifer has continued her education in every way she can. She has taken leadership awareness courses, become a metabolic specialist and an onboarding specialist, and received certifications in things like Rock Blading and Olympic weight lifting. She is also known for helping start LifeTime Academy in Des Moines back in 2015 and for becoming a webinar instructor for the company in 2018. She was just recently promoted to Reginal Director of LifeTime Academy this summer.

However, since being at LifeTime, Jennifer’s family has also changed. Jennifer got a divorce from her husband in the fall of 2017. Not long after this, she met Tony. The two had met at LifeTime and have been inseparable since. She has added Tony’s 2 children, Rocky and Nicci, into her family. Rocky is currently working to become a trade school apprentice in Cedar Falls and Nicci recently graduated from high school and wants to continue her education in the fall. They dated until November 23rd, 2018 when Tony decided to propose to Jennifer during one of her morning workouts at the club.  The two got married on July 21st, 2019. The two had originally planned on waiting longer to get married but a scary medical discovery caused it to be earlier than expected.

Jennifer was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer this summer. She started chemotherapy on June 24th. She has been a schedule of 2 chemo drugs every other week for 8 weeks and will then switch to having 1 drug every week for 12 weeks. She will have a surgery sometime in December as the final step in her chemotherapy journey. She is surround by support from Tony, Hannah, Rocky, Nicci, her family, her coworkers and clients at LifeTime, and so many more people. She has recently taken some time off to aid in her recovery from the chemotherapy, however she is anxiously waiting to come back to the gym. She loves what she does and cannot wait to come back to help others continue on their health and fitness journeys.


Donations ()

  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 3 mos
  • Jodie Mcdonough  
    • $25 
    • 5 mos
  • Kim Jensen 
    • $20 
    • 6 mos
  • Erin Dale 
    • $20 
    • 6 mos
  • Ambria Luettjohann 
    • $20 
    • 6 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Susan Jackson 
Waukee, IA
Jennifer sposato 
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