Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver
(Parker, Colo.) Andre Sparks faced a life-altering tragedy four years ago, and now his fellow gym members will help replace his prosthetic blade.
Four years ago, due to complications from Type One Diabetes, Sparks had his right leg amputated below the knee.
Members at Orangetheory Fitness locations throughout the Parker region joined forces to support one of their own.
Sparks, a 54-year-old father of six and grandfather of two, needs a new prosthetic blade.
Despite being an amputee, Sparks keeps active.
He is an Orangetheory enthusiast, a high school basketball coach, and the founder of Colorado Swoosh, a local basketball non-profit club that supports young athletes preparing for college.
His daughter, Abigaile Sparks, said a new prosthetic blade costs thousands of dollars despite insurance, so the team at Orangetheory Parker stepped up to raise $6,000.
From 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 12 at Parker Orangetheory, 17051 Lincoln Ave., the gym will host a fundraising fitness competition with other Orangetheory locations to help raise money for the Sparks family.
“I'm so thankful for this caring and amazing community of fellow fitness enthusiasts whom I now call friends,” Orangetheory member Nicole Faulk said. “Without our health, where would we be?”
The fitness members will also host a silent auction as part of the fundraising effort until Nov. 14.