Viking Performance Training Center are Reppin' for William in hopes to raise more than $10,000.
All of this is benefiting eight-year-old William, who has Muscular Dystrophy. He was diagnosed at just four-years-old. Recently Williams family got a powered wheelchair for him, but they do not have an appropriate vehicle to transport him and his chair.
"Because as he gets older, he's going to get heaver. I can handle it a lot, but his mom has trouble, and so right now we're moving him into a push wheelchair to get him around and stuff like that. With the van it would just maybe one day, if he misses the bus or if we have to go anywhere in the winter or bad weather, it's just going to be easier to have a van," said Justin Wortham, William's Stepfather.
The gym community gave donations of any amount as their entry fee. Bench presses and dead lifts were performed, and sponsors paid a pledged amount for every rep competitors did. Donations have also been rolling in on a Go FundMe Page that was set up for William.
"It means a lot to me, and William and his family, that the community is coming together especially when they don't even know William. A lot of them don't even know me. Luckily, Jerry was kind enough and Mr. Mouser to get this event running here at the gym," said Wortham.
All of the support is getting William and his family one step closer to buying a van that a wheelchair accessible ramp can be placed on.
"The strength community is very big in terms of helping each other out. So being able to do something like this with our passion, our hobby, and being able to use it to also help somebody else out like that is just an awesome feeling. I'm glad to be able to have it," said Jerry Handley, owner, Viking Performance Training.
To help out with the expenses of the van for William and his family click here.