High School Athlete Battling Cancer Gives School a New Weight Room With Make-A-Wish

Jared Anderson gives his small Idaho high school a new weight room through the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson had every reason in the world to think only of himself, but instead the 18-year-old did his best to help others.

Anderson, a former high school athlete at Firth (Idaho) High School, was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago, and it was his dream to renovate his school's weight room, which lacked the necessary equipment found in many varsity sports facilities across the country.

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Anderson had been lifting weights since the seventh grade. Even though the high school's weight room was in horrible condition, he went almost every day. When he was diagnosed with cancer, Anderson kept going to the gym daily to get in the best workout he could.

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Anderson contacted the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he could have wished for anything: a chance to meet his favorite athlete or celebrity,  a fancy, once-in-a-lifetime vacation. No. Anderson wanted a weight room that could impact every up-and-coming athlete in his small town.

Make-A-Wish teamed up with Bodybuliding.com's Lift Life Foundation to make Anderson's vision a reality. They gave the school's weight room a full renovation and named it in honor of Anderson. The before and after pictures below will blow your mind.

Firth High School Weight Room

Picture via Bodybuilding.com

Jared's cancer is now in remission, and because of his selflessness, his whole town has a brand new weight room. Watch the inspiring video below.


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