Eugene (KMTR) - Moved by a story they saw on KMTR NewsSource 16, a couple of guys who own a local fitness studio say they had to do something to help an inured Marine Corps veteran from Dexter.
They are challenging their customers—and anyone else—to raise pledges for a special community workout. All the proceeds will go to help James Anderson.
Anderson was critically hurt on July 4th when he crashed his longboard into the side of a car.
Friends say he got out of bed and walked a short distance at the hospital Tuesday. He suffered brain damage and is slowly recovering.
Meanwhile, the Veterans Administration is Anderson's medical bills, but his other regular bills will be racking up.
That's where John Jenkins and his business partner come in. They run ProFitness in Eugene. They wanted to come up with a way to give back to a man who had given to his country.
“This guy, he put his life on the line for us to serve his country; to serve us so we can do what we want to do,” Jenkins said. “And now, he's down and he needs the rally of the community to raise him up, to keep him and his family going. And that’s what spoke to me.”
They want to give people three weeks to raise pledges and then take part in a community workout on Saturday, August 6th.
More information and a printable pledge form can be found on the ProFitness Web site.