Tumbling to help a Windsor family heal (with photos)

By Jillian Marshall

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 11:29 PM EST

Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Every year, a Broome County gymnastics club holds a Christmas benefit show to tumble and dance, but more importantly give back to a family in need in their community.

This is the eighth year for "The Gift" put on by Technique Gymnastics in Windsor. And what makes this gift so special, is that proceeds go to a different Windsor family each year.

"We do it every year to benefit a family where a mother, a father, or a child is sick in the family, or even if they recently passed away, just to help them out during the Christmas season," said owner and head coach of Techniques Angel Vaccaro.

This year it's for the Hrehor family. Ed Hrehor died unexpectedly in July of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, leaving his wife and four children behind.

"The community support for our family has been overwhelming," said Kelly Hrehor, Ed's wife.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is mostly found after someone has died.

It's a hereditary heart disease.

"His children have a 50-percent chance of carrying it, the disease, so that's why some of the money is going to genetic testing done," Hrehor said.

More than 80 gymnasts from three to 19-years-old tumbled and flipped their hearts out on the mat to raise as much money as possible for the Hrehor family.

A gymnast said, "just keep giving and the gift will go on."

"The Gift" has two shows on Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and one on Sunday, at 4 p.m., where they will present the Hrehor family all the proceeds.

Hrehor said she wants to use some of the money to start a scholarship in her husband's name at Windsor High School.