Instilling a culture of healthy living through consistent exercise is an excellent way to help people live happier and longer. Another method for improving and preserving life comes via philanthropy.

Both can be done individually, but are most impactful when adopted by entire communities. Such was the case in Lexington, Kentucky over the weekend, according to an article from WKYT. As if going to the gym wasn’t enough of a self-esteem boost, the charitable event allowed participants to burn calories for a cause nobler than pure aesthetics.

Story author Adam Burniston detailed the event, writing:

Aspire Fitness, just off Nicholasville Road in Lexington, held its fourth annual Sweat4Surgeries fitness-a-thon. …  

During the 25-hour event, fitness instructors held an hour-long fitness class for 30 people at a time. 

As with previous years, proceeds from Sweat4Surgeries goes directly to Surgery on Sunday, which helps uninsured and underinsured people in need of healthcare. 

“They need these routine surgeries that could be deadly if they go untreated,” said Josh Bowen, owner of Aspire Fitness. “Those people fall through the cracks because of the health care system and this is a charity that reaches out to those people and helps them.” 

In the past three years of the event, they’ve raised over $100,000 funding more than 350 surgeries. It couldn’t have happened without the support of sponsors and participants. 

“Just to see all of these people wanting to help others in their community, I think that’s what makes Lexington very special,” said Amanda Ferguson, executive director of Surgery on Sunday.

Organizers estimated more than 400 people attended the event, which helped raise more than $40,000 this year.

Stories like these continue to inspire generosity and increase physical activity while galvanizing neighbors around a laudable cause.

To find a donation link and read Burniston’s full article, click here.