Club owner's push-ups raise money for hospital

Neighbors

December 19, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH A GOAL of doing 900 push-ups in an hour, Dan Strayton set out to perform the athletic feat Saturday as a fund-raiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Not only did Strayton meet his goal, he surpassed it, doing 936 push-ups in less than an hour. Strayton is the owner of Health Unlimited Family Fitness Center in Twin Arch Shopping Center, Mount Airy.

The fund-raiser, which was held at the health center, raised more than $1,200 for the children's hospital.

Strayton collected pledges from club members and neighboring businesses, including what he called "motivational pledges." Those pledges were increased, even doubled, if he reached his goal of 900 push-ups.

This is the second year that Strayton has organized a benefit for the hospital. Last year with his goal set at 600 push-ups in one hour, he muscled right on past 600, finishing with 818 push-ups in an hour.

Concerned that he might have set his goal too high this year, Strayton said he spent five weeks training. His regimen included lifting weights, working out on weight machines and, of course, doing a lot of push-ups.

Strayton approached the fund-raiser systematically. With his wife, Dawn, keeping count each time his nose touched the floor, Strayton did 16 push-ups every minute for the first 40 minutes with some resting in between. He then slowed to 14 a minute, saving a burst of energy for a spurt at the end.

"I was extremely sore on Sunday, more than last year," said Strayton. Sore muscles and all, he said it's for a good cause.

"Our environment at the center is very family-orientated. It's a good way to touch a lot of families and kids," he said.

Strayton is looking ahead to next year. He says he's going to try for 1,000 push-ups.

Library mitten tree

In place of traditional Christmas ornaments, Mount Airy branch library is decorating a Christmas tree with mittens, gloves, scarves and hats.

The county's libraries are sponsoring Charlie Brown's Mitten Trees to benefit Neighbors in Need of Carroll County, which provides food, clothing and other items to those less fortunate.

You can help by donating handmade or purchased items for Charlie Brown's tree. Donations are not limited to children's sizes. Donations will be accepted until Jan. 5.

NET gives thanks

With 1997 drawing to a close, the board of directors of Mount Airy NET would like to thank the Mount Airy community for its continued support.

"Due to the generosity and caring attitude of numerous individuals, churches and service clubs during 1997, it has been possible to assist many, many people who have had emergency needs," said NET President Clydia Koch. "It is obvious that people do care in Mount Airy and are willing to go the extra mile to help others."

Mount Airy NET is a cooperative network of churches, civic organizations and individuals whose mission is to provide a safety net of emergency support and services.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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