Ultimate fitness challenge to raise money for cancer victim

Lieutenant Randall Slocum
Lieutenant Randall Slocum

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Flipping tires and climbing walls, those were just some of the events in the ultimate fitness challenge fundraiser Saturday morning for Gulfport firefighter Lieutenant Randall Slocum.

Lieutenant Slocum was recently diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and underwent brain surgery. He's recovering in Houston.

It's a tough time for his family and the medical bills just add to the struggle.

That's why Shane Rutledge coordinated the fitness challenge at the Zone fitness center in Long Beach.

"Box jumps. Some pull ups. Some of the more conventional workouts in the gym," said Rutledge. "Then, they'll proceed to our obstacle course."

Rutledge said with every huff and puff, the participants remembered the cause.

"Just to wake up one morning and go to work, and the next day find out you know you've got a brain tumor," said Derek Palmer with Long Beach Fire Department. "It's a hard pill to swallow."

Palmer was just one of the many Long Beach firemen who led the pack, to support Lieutenant Slocum.

While Lieutenant Slocum works with the Gulfport Fire Department, these men said it's still a brotherhood.

"Want you to know buddy, we're all praying for you, coast wide. It doesn't matter which department," said Josh Yarbrough with the Long Beach Fire Department.

"When somebody's in need of help, we're brothers and step up to help them where we can and how we can," said Dane McGouy with Long Beach Fire Department.

About 30 people, young and old, made their way through the course. With every push, pull and jump, they thought of Lieutenant Slocum.

"Randall, keep your head up, keep fighting. Please don't quit. We didn't out here," said Palmer.

", we're all behind you. Keep fighting the fight. We're all here thinking about you," said Rutledge.

It was a strenuous fight for a selfless cause.

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