Freedom Fitness holds weightlifting contest for Wounded Warriors Project

Freedom Fitness holds weightlifting contest for Wounded Warriors Project

Lawton, OK (KSWO)- Saturday Freedom Fitness held a weightlifting event to shed light on wounded warriors of the military.

Wounded Warriors Project is a charity and veterans service organization that offers programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military.

The event honored wounded warrior Andrew Crabtree who passed away two months ago, from cancer.

His family and supporters came out with 'Team Drew' t-shirts ready to compete.

The event included a power lifting competition, inflatable bounce houses for kids and a lot of food.

Contestants lifted weights from 100 pounds to 500 hundred pounds at a time.

Andrews wife Rachel Crabtree says today's event reminds her of her husband's love for fitness.

"It's very honoring to him,” said Crabtree. “He loved lifting weights and enjoyed this area and enjoyed this place.”

The event also brought out people that wanted to help spread the message of wounded warriors.

Those like 17-year-old John Paul Brisolara, Freedom Fitness member for two years.

He said on this day he lifted nearly 300 pounds just for them.

"People in the army they do so much for us,” said Brisolara. “So, I think it's really important that we remember them and all their struggles and everything they went through the war right now and stuff and just try to help the world."

Donations were accepted at the event Saturday.

All money is expected to go back to the veterans and their families in the Wounded Warriors Project that lives right here in Lawton.

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