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Eau Claire fitness expo could change veterans’ lives

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The third annual fitness expo returns to Eau Claire next month and this year it is raising funds to help veterans.

The Catch a Lift Fund (CAL) is a nationwide organization that helps vets get in-check with their mental and physical health through fitness.

Twelve Wisconsin veterans are currently on the program’s wait list but the fitness expo hopes donations can change that.

Melissa Leuck, a CAL coach and Iraq veteran, said the program has a positive impact on vets’ lives.

“I tell people all the time – sometimes just something as simple as knowing there is someone out on the other end that cares about you, is thinking about you, is checking up on you. That [is] sometimes all it takes to save a life and I know that has saved mine,” Leuck said.

The fitness expo is having a bar-hanging competition in September with all the proceeds going to CAL. You can sign up here. 

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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