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Local Gym to Hold Charity for Wounded Soldiers

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- What started as a workout for mixed martial arts champion BJ Penn, is now a charitable cause for wounded members of the Armed Forces.

"Natural Selection Crossfit" gyms are located nationwide and are collecting donations for wounded soldiers for the charities Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Crossfit Kids, Camp Patriot (a local military foundation).

The charity event is called "Fight Gone Bad," and is now in it's sixth year.  Last year, the event garnered $1.5 million for the various charities.  It's a high intensity workout comprised of multiple rounds of different exercises. 

Former marine Leo Barillas is now a coach for Crossfit, and he expressed how important it is to donate to the cause.

"We're helping them out for their surgeries if they need a prosthetic, for injuries received during war.  We're trying to give back to the people that give everything for us, and in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice; all for our freedom."

Trevor White, the owner of the gym (box, as Crossfit calls them), spoke about how soldiers put it all on the line for their country.

"They do so much for us without even asking for recognition.  These guys are getting purple hearts and bronze stars at the blink of an eye, and most of them are young adults."

The charity event kicks off on September 17th, but donations can be made now.

For more information on Natural Selection Crossfit or to make a donation click here.