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Maya Chernichan is "Lion King-obsessed" and sleeps at night dreaming of going to Disneyland.
Now her dream will come true thanks to the Midtown Barbell gym and its members.
Maya, 3, who has leukemia, needed $10,000 to send her and her parents to Disneyland. Midtown raised $22,500 on Saturday.
The funding will be channelled through the Dream Factory, which tries to help children facing life-threatening diseases.
About 30 weightlifters took part in Midtown Barbell’s deadlifting competition. Gym owner Dave Beakley described their efforts as "pretty incredible."
Beakley has worked with young kids in the past and wanted to help kids who have their childhoods interrupted by illness.
"It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years," he said. The additional money above $10,000 will be used to make another Dream Factory child’s wish come true, he said.
It’s the first weightlifting competition for a charity that Andrew Kussy of the Dream Factory knows of in Manitoba. "He rallied Winnipeg’s powerlifting community," Kussy said of Beakley.
The competition was in deadlifting, where the weight must be raised to waist height.
Casey Saunders won in the men’s competition by lifting 740 pounds, and Tabatha Miller won the women’s side, lifting 505 pounds.
The top fundraiser was Curtis Martens, who brought in $3,750.