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Man Remembers to Lift with Purpose - John Dunn

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Alex Nicely is a man who has overcome a major challenge, and is now reaching out to help others. Alex was born with Cerebral Palsy, but he has not let it slow him down.

If one word could describe Alexander Nicely, strength might be the best choice. Weightlifting is his passion. Alex builds a powerful body with each rep.

Strength has not come easily. Alex was born with Cerebral Palsy, it is a condition which affects the motor skills in his legs. For a time Alex was destined to spend his life in a wheelchair. It was a fate he would not accept. "You solve the problem, or you accept the problem and learn to live with it and through it," says Alex Nicely.

When Alex was a teenager his family raised money to send him to Poland for a unique treatment. He received intense physical therapy for months on end. Eventually he was able to walk again.

Alex began lifting weights. His journey motivated him to start a non-profit called "Lift with Purpose." He now sells t-shirts, and later this summer he will help host a powerlifting competition at Gold's Gym in Murfreesboro. The purpose is to raise money to help others. "The money from that will help kids with disabilities get medical equipment and physical therapy like I what I went through," says Nicely.

Alex says his church family once helped him with the $50,000 cost of receiving treatment in Poland. He knows it's possible to push through pain, and he wants to give others that same chance. Alex Nicely proves that strength is found in our muscles and in our spirit. "Just try to help people out, and that's the bottom line. We're here to help people out," says Nicely.

The "Lift with Purpose" powerlifting meet will be at Gold's Gym in Murfreesboro on August 23. You can find more information by visiting www.liftwithpurpose.com

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