Burn Boot Camp, community supports Warner family

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By Sam Draut

When someone falls down, the community steps up.


Ryan Warner, the Oldham County High School volleyball coach and a trainer at Burn Boot Camp in Crestwood, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that attacks the nervous system, on Aug. 7.

Warner had to pull over while on her way to work Aug. 6 and call 911 after feeling off early in the morning. She was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with the disease that’s estimated to affect 1 in 100,000 people each year.

Since then, Burn Boot Camp and the community in Oldham County have rallied around Warner and her family of four children and husband Ben Warner.

“I didn’t expect to have the outreach and out pouring of love,” Ryan Warner said. “They don’t know what they have been able to do for my family during this time. Our life has been turned upside down. They don’t know the length that they have gone to and how it has affected us. Without my Burn family and OC family, wrestling and volleyball community, my family and friends, I wouldn’t be getting the care that I’m getting.”

Burn Boot Camp and its members were instantly concerned about Warner and her family.

Debbie Podlogar, who owns Buzzworthy Promotions in Crestwood, designed t-shirts to help fundraise for the family. With an initial goal of selling 100 t-shirts, Podlogar finished her first wave of orders selling 346 t-shirts, raising $3460 for Warner.

“When all this happened, I was thinking, ‘what can I do?’,” Podlogar said. “The shirt says ‘Because I can,’ really it is, Ryan can’t get up there and workout, but we can. Because we can, we are showing up for her.”

The shirts are available at https://ryanwarner.itemorder.com/sale .

Burn Boot Camp’s Crestwood and Louisville locations featured a Tutu Tuesday Aug. 20 as a way to honor Warner, who originally pitched the theme-day idea at a trainers’ meeting.

“We have an amazing community of women and men here,” local Burn Boot Camp owner Brittnay Judy said. “I’m amazed how these members rally around each other when something happens.”

The support has gone beyond Burn Boot Camp.

East Oldham Middle School volleyball coach Marley Turner and North Oldham Middle School volleyball coach Mark Eaton held a fundraiser at a scrimmage between the two teams to help Warner.

Warner, who has been visited in the hospital by her volleyball players, has spoken several times with North Oldham High School volleyball coach Kayla Koerber and other members of the Louisville area volleyball community.

“We are rivals when it comes to game time, but we are one community,” Ryan Warner said.

All About That Bounce, an inflatable and party rental business in La Grange, held a raffle fundraiser during the annual Guns N Hoses game with proceeds going to the Warner family. 

Ben Warner, who coached Oldham County’s youth wrestling program for eight years along with two years at the high school level, didn’t realize how much his wife and he have impacted people in the community, which responded with support for their family.

“It brings tears to my eyes thinking about how much we have done for the community that they are willing to have our backs during this tough situation,” Ben Warner said. “The community is great.”