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Gym hosts 5k fundraiser

THE FINISH:Shred Shed Owner Jon Preusz, at left, holds out a hand to high five runners finishing the 5K run on Saturday to benefit Gregory Stanley, a former student athlete and recovering stroke victim.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

The Shred Shed hosted a 5K at the Grant County YMCA on Saturday to benefit Greg Stanley, a former Taylor University football player and Indiana Wesleyan University graduate who suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Stanley said it was early in March when he was hanging out with some friends and fell asleep on the couch. He said everything was fine until he woke up and couldn’t move.

After being rushed to the hospital, the doctors informed him that he had a stroke.

“I couldn’t feel anything on one whole side, I couldn’t even move,” he said. “It was terrifying.”

Stanley’s friends at the Shred Shed, a local gym the opened last november, said he was “in amazing shape” prior to the accident.

“That’s what makes the whole thing so shocking,” Jon Preusz, the gym owner, said.

Doctors removed all of the bones on Stanley’s right side of his skull due to swelling in his brain.

“My brain had shifted 6 millimeters to the right,” Stanley said. “If you know anything about medicine, you know that’s not good.”

Prior to the incident, Stanley worked out every morning for an hour, on Saturdays he worked out twice since he had extra time. His athleticism and young age helped him in his recovery, and he’s still making strides to grow stronger and regain control of his body.

“Some of my bigger muscles got back feeling first, but my smaller muscles, like my fingers, I’m still working on those,” Stanley said.

The 5K was organized by Shred Shed Marketing Intern Alli Laubach, a senior at Indiana Wesleyan. She said they wanted to raise money to help Stanley pay for the medical bills accrued during the initial incident and his recovery.

“We just want to do what we can to help and unite in a great cause for our friend,” Laubach said.

More than 40 people attended on Saturday, helping them raise around $1,500 and surpass their initial goal. Stanley said even old friends from out of state made the trip to support him at the 5K.

“We built the Shred Shed on the idea that we weren’t just a gym, but we wanted to be a force in the community and teach people about a healthy lifestyle,” Preusz said.

“Not everyone has the gift of friends and family being around them at times like this,” Stanley said. “When I was in the hospital, the nurses told me about people who would lay in bed all day and never have any visitors. Seeing everyone out here today makes me feel very thankful. I’m extremely blessed to have the support.”