Lifting weights and giving back

QC power lifter raises money to compete and help out QC Paws.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Lifting weights and helping out a local animal shelter.

Competitive Lifter Aaron Nance raised money for the Arnold Sports Festival.

That's a national weightlifting competition in Columbus, Ohio.

Nance says he also managed to raise thousands of dollars  for QC Paws, a Rock Island County animal shelter.

Nance brought the community together Saturday to present the check.

It's not everyday that you see someone pick up a car.

But, that's exactly what some local lifters did at QC Strongman.

The proceeds from the event go toward a local animal shelter.

Competitive Lifter Aaron Nance says it started out as a way for him to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival. 

"Instead of doing a dual fundraiser a little bit for me and lot for them. It ended up being a lot for them because the initial goal was $2500. Well we ended up raising $4800, but after the GoFundMe fees, and there was some t-shirts that had to be paid for, we wound up giving them four thousand dollars," said Nance.

"With all the charities out there, for him to pick ours, it's just a great feeling, Donations like this help, so that we don't have to euthanize on space and time, so a dog like Sarge may have as long as it takes to find him a home," said QC Paws Board Member Julie Stout. 

Nance says he chose QC Paws because he loves animals.

"It just breaks my heart that, A, they're in these kennels at night and they're not in homes, and I know that they need care. It's just without fundraisers and people that are generous to donate, this is other people's money. This isn't my money. This me annoying people into donating," said Nance. 

Nance says coming together with his gym family seemed like the perfect way to present the check to QC Paws.

"The last time I turned the check over, I did it by myself and I just kind of felt like I wanted it to be more of the community turning the check over than just me, because it wasn't just my money. It was everybody's money," said Nance.

Aaron Nance exceeded two goals, raising four times the amount his organization raised last October, $4,000 was given to QC Paws.

He also got his personal best and won first in his division at the national competition.


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