Reps 4 Recovery

$98,048 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 2,349 people in 19 months
Hello! My name is Krissy Mae Cagney. I am a recovering addict/alcoholic with five years sobriety under my belt and also the sole owner of Black Iron Gym in Northern Nevada.  At Black Iron Gym, I give out free memberships to people like myself with one goal in mind: to help them stay sober in a safe, friendly environment through group fitness, counseling, and more. This program is called Reps 4 Recovery, and we’re raising money with GoFundMe so we can keep it running.

About Me

I grew up in Reno and my drug and alcohol problems were at their worst between 15 and 25. I was put through countless rehabilitation programs and I saw a plethora therapists and counselors; these methods work well for some people, but something I never had was a safe place where I knew I could be (and stay) sober. During my years of using, the gym seemed to be the only thing with the power to pull me away from using. I truly believe there is something to be said about that, so I opened the Black Iron Gym 3 years ago and created the Reps 4 Recovery program (R4R).  I want more people in need to feel the power I did to overcome.



About the Program

Since launching Reps 4 Recovery, I have been able to help well over 100 people in my community stay sober through fitness, community, and a “home” they want to keep coming back to. I have seen doctors, college students, lawyers, and more come through my doors and they all want the same things… to be sober, to be accepted, and to be loved. My staff and I give them all of those things, as do the other members who have been in the program for a while. We truly make each other stronger.

My business model has always been to provide as many free gym memberships as possible with the money that comes in. Unfortunately, not enough is coming in to properly support the Reps 4 Recovery program. I refuse to turn people away and in order to expand the program, hire help, and bring in more recovery warriors, I need you to help me (and my amazing staff who makes this all possible) offset the cost of providing free, training, equipment, coaching, group talk, programming, software, and clothing.

If you have ever struggled from addiction or alcoholism, or you have a loved one who has, this is a huge opportunity to help someone in need by providing them with a free gym membership. I firmly believe in the notion that fitness and lifting can act as treatment for substance abuse problems. I believe it, because it worked for me and I am a firsthand witness at seeing it work for countless others.

Many people have remained sober through fitness and everyone deserves the chance. Money will be managed through the Black Iron Gym bank account, and your donation could potentially save a life. Every donation and the love behind it is meaningful.

To offer you a cost breakdown of the program, here’s info about what different donation sizes could mean to a Reps 4 Recovery member:

★ $5 covers a member’s monthly administrative fee
★ $10 covers one day of the R4R program
★ $30 covers about 1 week of the R4R program
★ $60 covers about 2 weeks of the R4R program
★ $90 covers about 3 weeks of the R4R program
★ $120 covers about 4 weeks of the R4R program
★ There are also varying costs for new equipment, repairs, and day to say supplies

$60,000 would support 70-90 people for a whole year or 140-180 people for 6 months.  I’ve seen that around the 6 month mark, a lot of people are able to begin supporting themselves with a paying membership.  It’s amazing to see them give their free spot up so a new Reps 4 Recovery member’s journey can begin.

Joey and Quiana celebrating at the gym

THANK YOU for your support! In addition to donating, please share our story with your friends and family to help us spread the word: https://www.gofundme.com/repsforrecovery

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We're raising our goal one last time to $120,000 which would allocate $10,000 a month to the program for the next year - this includes the cost of an in-house therapist! This aggressive goal would allow us to appropriately budget the program, as opposed to saving as much as possible and wondering if/when more funding is coming in. This security would also help us create a replicable model worthy of being brought to other gyms and a long term funding plan to make this program nationwide. This funding plan could allow us to project when and how we would be able to afford to put Reps 4 Recovery in other locations, the ultimate goal which would impact families far and wide.

Most treatment programs cost upward of $5k, and we might be able to show that we could "treat" someone for an average of $1,200 a year. Reps 4 Recovery works - what if it were available in every community?
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Success, gang! I am blown away that we finally did it… we reached my initial goal of $60,000 which means I can support nearly 100 people for the rest of the year. That being said, I am putting my stretch goal out there, as a long term dream of R4R and BIG has been to bring a counselor on staff. This would mean the Black Iron Gym could potentially become a recognized treatment facility. This added resource could be what makes or breaks the program, and raising above $85,000 could be what allows us to not have to turn anyone else away.

I want to thank all the amazing donors for joining our team and highlight some comments - these feelings donors have posted echo everything we work toward with R4R. It’s been a joy to read them.
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I'm over the moon with happiness to share that we partnered with the incredible humans at GoFundMe Studios to create a documentary about Black Iron Gym's commitment to helping people in our community recover from addiction through lifting and friendship. Please check it out for me, as it's so important!
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I am at a loss for words. The overwhelming support is going to make a huge difference in Nevada, and I’m confident we can make a change across the country soon. Thank you so much for your donation, whether it’s been $5 or $500. Every single dollar counts and your contribution WILL save a life, I’ll personally make sure of it. If you would like to donate clothes or shoes, you can mail them to Black Iron Gym! I will get them to the right place. If you can’t afford to mail them here, call some local treatment centers in your area and ask how you can donate to them! THANK YOU.

475 E Greg St #107
Sparks NV 89431
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Leilani Ahmu
7 months ago

I made a donation in loving memory of my dad who was also a recovering alcoholic. I was so proud of how he turned his life around and then gave back to the community that saved his life. He started a stand up paddle board business with the same idea to provide a safe place for people in recovery. He tragically passed away last October doing what he loved. This touches my heart so much and I pray you are able to continue providing a safe place at your gym.

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Krissy
7 months ago
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I’m so freaking grateful. Thank you so much for the support, the kind words, the donations, the shares, and the love!! I’m going to help as many people as possible.

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Michele Kaczmarczyk
7 months ago
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You are awesome!

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Martin
7 months ago
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well done on getting clean! I’m 5.5 years clean and sober myself x

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Marcia Willi
7 months ago
5
5

I donated because both of my parents were alcoholics. I admire what you' ve accomplished and think its awesome that people are turning their lives around. God's blessings to you.

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Katrina Reese
7 months ago
5
5

I am so excited about this! I think that the more we burst the doors open on modalities of therapy and treatment, the better! I love the way that you offer community to people who- due to lack of cultural wisdom- cannot find it else where. Many people think that sobriety is the opposite of addiction. But its not. Community, connection is the opposite of addiction. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing. Changing lives. Being impactful. Loving and supporting. I support and celebrate you!

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Brandin
7 months ago
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4

im a recovered alcoholic and know what its like but I have had my page up for 40 days for my daughter who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and needs a transplant but not one person donated i see all these other people getting donations left and right for recovery and fitness and other wierd stuff so i don't understand why I can't get help for my daughter

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Meghan
7 months ago
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as a former addict myself with 10 years clean. I wish there was a place like this here. good luck to you

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Billy Booth
6 months ago
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I believe what you are doing is awesome and inspiring! I have been sober going on 3 years now and I would not change it for the world. This world definitely needs more individuals like yourself to not only spread the message, but to show how to "live" the lifestyle. Giving back is the major key in our development and also a major help in other's development. You are right when you say there is nothing better than when someone tells you how much you and your program has helped them. I love seeing the light reappear in people's eyes when they really "get it". I started a YouTube channel, Billy Booth, for personal growth. I have gained so much knowledge, and still do, of change and the benefits that I feel I need to share it with the masses. My life is truly great now and it is not because of money and fame, but of inner peace I discovered through my recovery. I love what you are doing and may God shine his light upon you every single moment of the days you have ahead of you. God Bless

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Budi W
6 months ago
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2

You are an inspiration a miracle maker for those who are hoping for one. Thank you for being a miracle for others

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Offbeat
7 months ago
2
2

You’re doing awesome things! Thank you for all you are and are giving back. Truly inspirational and carrying the message! ❤️

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Maarten
7 months ago
2
2

go with your discipline and grow.

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Ricky Small
7 months ago
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Next week I celebrate 10 years of being clean and sober. The gym was one of the things that helped me get out of my head and away from my demons. Glad to support someone giving others this chance at life and at a life worth living. Those of you who seek sobriety, I hope you find whatever it is that makes whole because drugs and alcohol sure didn't do it for me!

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Katey Steele
7 months ago
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Love every bit of this. Thanks for all your work. I hope to see more and more of this in the future!

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Bernadette
7 months ago
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Keep going strong

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Ryan
5 months ago
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love this, god bless

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Jesus
6 months ago
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Incredible story. Keep pushing forward and best of luck. Addiction is a tough road to stray from and those who do are heroes of their own destiny. I donated because I believe in your cause. My love goes out to all those being helped.

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Maarten
7 months ago
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go with your discipline and grow.

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Maarten
7 months ago
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go with your discipline and grow.

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Edoardo
6 months ago

please

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Chelsea Melber
17 days ago

I just saw this organization tagged in a post on Instagram and I was immediately amazed. I struggled with my own addictions in the past, and lifting was a huge part of my recovery. I only hope that more people can continue to find their escape and freedom with the help of the community you’ve created and shared. Keep doing what you’re doing. Much respect.

DC
$5
Dani Campanaro
23 days ago

I was just blown away and inspired by this beautiful soul.

$50
Anonymous
25 days ago
$10
Laura Smith
26 days ago

It's a fucking fantastic program.

$100
Alexis Maruquel
1 month ago

The world needs more of this. Thank you for all the work you're doing to help people know that recovery is possible and that there is hope for anyone.

MG
$250
Megan Gallagher
1 month ago

In honor of your wedding! Thank you for bringing more love into the world, and for the work you do.

Leilani Ahmu
7 months ago

I made a donation in loving memory of my dad who was also a recovering alcoholic. I was so proud of how he turned his life around and then gave back to the community that saved his life. He started a stand up paddle board business with the same idea to provide a safe place for people in recovery. He tragically passed away last October doing what he loved. This touches my heart so much and I pray you are able to continue providing a safe place at your gym.

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Krissy
7 months ago
9
9

I’m so freaking grateful. Thank you so much for the support, the kind words, the donations, the shares, and the love!! I’m going to help as many people as possible.

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Michele Kaczmarczyk
7 months ago
6
6

You are awesome!

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Martin
7 months ago
5
5

well done on getting clean! I’m 5.5 years clean and sober myself x

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Marcia Willi
7 months ago
5
5

I donated because both of my parents were alcoholics. I admire what you' ve accomplished and think its awesome that people are turning their lives around. God's blessings to you.

+ Read More
Katrina Reese
7 months ago
5
5

I am so excited about this! I think that the more we burst the doors open on modalities of therapy and treatment, the better! I love the way that you offer community to people who- due to lack of cultural wisdom- cannot find it else where. Many people think that sobriety is the opposite of addiction. But its not. Community, connection is the opposite of addiction. Thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you are doing. Changing lives. Being impactful. Loving and supporting. I support and celebrate you!

+ Read More
Brandin
7 months ago
4
4

im a recovered alcoholic and know what its like but I have had my page up for 40 days for my daughter who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and needs a transplant but not one person donated i see all these other people getting donations left and right for recovery and fitness and other wierd stuff so i don't understand why I can't get help for my daughter

+ Read More
Meghan
7 months ago
3
3

as a former addict myself with 10 years clean. I wish there was a place like this here. good luck to you

+ Read More
Billy Booth
6 months ago
2
2

I believe what you are doing is awesome and inspiring! I have been sober going on 3 years now and I would not change it for the world. This world definitely needs more individuals like yourself to not only spread the message, but to show how to "live" the lifestyle. Giving back is the major key in our development and also a major help in other's development. You are right when you say there is nothing better than when someone tells you how much you and your program has helped them. I love seeing the light reappear in people's eyes when they really "get it". I started a YouTube channel, Billy Booth, for personal growth. I have gained so much knowledge, and still do, of change and the benefits that I feel I need to share it with the masses. My life is truly great now and it is not because of money and fame, but of inner peace I discovered through my recovery. I love what you are doing and may God shine his light upon you every single moment of the days you have ahead of you. God Bless

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Budi W
6 months ago
2
2

You are an inspiration a miracle maker for those who are hoping for one. Thank you for being a miracle for others

+ Read More
Offbeat
7 months ago
2
2

You’re doing awesome things! Thank you for all you are and are giving back. Truly inspirational and carrying the message! ❤️

+ Read More
Maarten
7 months ago
2
2

go with your discipline and grow.

+ Read More
Ricky Small
7 months ago
2
2

Next week I celebrate 10 years of being clean and sober. The gym was one of the things that helped me get out of my head and away from my demons. Glad to support someone giving others this chance at life and at a life worth living. Those of you who seek sobriety, I hope you find whatever it is that makes whole because drugs and alcohol sure didn't do it for me!

+ Read More
Katey Steele
7 months ago
2
2

Love every bit of this. Thanks for all your work. I hope to see more and more of this in the future!

+ Read More
Bernadette
7 months ago
2
2

Keep going strong

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Ryan
5 months ago
1
1

love this, god bless

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Jesus
6 months ago
1
1

Incredible story. Keep pushing forward and best of luck. Addiction is a tough road to stray from and those who do are heroes of their own destiny. I donated because I believe in your cause. My love goes out to all those being helped.

+ Read More
Maarten
7 months ago
1
1

go with your discipline and grow.

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Maarten
7 months ago
1
1

go with your discipline and grow.

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Edoardo
6 months ago

please

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