On December 17, 2015, 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson sacrificed his life to protect his friends from random gunfire. Since then, the high school sophomore has been commended by a tearful President Obama, honored by 100 Black Men of America, and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY 2016 Awards.

Zaevion was a hard-working, high-spirited young man who was well liked by peers, teachers, and coaches. Friends and family describe Zaevion as full of love and laughter. Whenever he walked into a room, everyone wanted to be around his positive energy. Zaevion’s mother and older brother, Markastin, worked hard to keep Zaevion and his younger brother, Zack, out of the area’s rampant gang activity, encouraging the boys to channel their energy into more positive pursuits like sports. Zaevion dreamed big when it came to football, and hoped to one day go pro.

Zaevion’s football coach, Coach Rob Black, reached out to the Lift Lift Foundation because he not only wanted to commemorate Zaevion’s heroic act of courage, but also to celebrate Zaevion’s life. We were honored to grant Coach Black’s request to overhaul one of Zaevion’s favorite places: The Fulton High School weight room. It was a place where Zaevion and his teammates trained, dreamed, and supported each other, day after day. We hope that this gift to the students and community will keep Zavion’s legacy alive for years to come. We’ll certainly never forget him. 

“Quote from Coach Black.”

– Coach Rob Black, Fulton High School


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Last January, Bodybuilding.com’s Lift Life Foundation and Make-A-Wish of Idaho teamed up to grant the wish of cancer patient and Firth High School student, Jared Andersen. Jared’s wish was to see his crumbling high school weight room in Firth, Idaho, transformed into a well-equipped, safe facility. While Jared remained quiet about his ongoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments to address the cancer in his left hand, the school weight room was his reprieve- a place to stay active and maintain focused on beating cancer.

After months of hard work, Firth High School’s new weight room was revealed to an incredibly grateful community. The official ribbon cutting ceremony and school wide assembly began at noon and was kicked off by Kirk Calzacorta, Bodybuilding.com Program Manager of Lift Life Foundation. He was joined by Julie Thomas, Make-a-Wish of Idaho Regional Manager, and Sarah Shinn, President and & CEO of Make-a-Wish of Idaho, who shared Jared’s emotional story with the audience.

The very, very best part of all of this, is that Jared is in remission. His most recent MRI and scans are all clear.”

-Julie Thomas, Regional Manager of Make-A-Wish Idaho

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