Powerlifter Chris Duffin has taken up the challenge of deadlifting 880lb (400kg) every day for a month to raise money for Alex Lemonade Stand, a cancer research foundation.
Duffin is no stranger to incredible feats of strength. He also holds the world record for the heaviest raw squat in the 220lb class, with a leg-shattering 859lbs. On top of that he smashed the Guinness World Record for deadlifting the most weight in a minute. He clocked up a huge 17,010lbs after fitting in 42 reps at 405lbs.
Now he’s set his sights on raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a cancer research charity that specifically funds research into children’s cancer.
The charity was started by a four-year-old girl called Alex, who raised over a million dollars before she passed away from neuroblastoma at just eight years of age.
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▪️DAY 1▪️ – Staring today, I am going to be deadlifting 880lbs (400kg) every day for 30 days. – We are partnering with @alexslemonade Alex's Lemonade Stand, a kid's cancer charity that raises money to fund cancer research specifically for children. It was started by a little girl named Alex when she was 4 years old. She raised over 1 million dollars by age 8 when she passed away from a cancer called Neuroblastoma. Our whole team was heartbroken when we heart Alex's story from her mom Liz on a call. You can read more about the story at 880everyday.com or on the ALSF website. – Why are we doing this, and why am I using my platform and my company’s platform to do this? – Because Kabuki Strength's 4th pillar is Charity, and we believe that making the world a better place through strength should involve giving freely and generously of our time, money, attention, resources, and platform. – Rather than simply drawing attention to ourselves, we’ve found that we can use feats of strength like this to create attention and awareness around a specific cause and have a call-to-action that encourages people to support the cause. – My ask of you is simple – please donate whatever you can, if you can, and share one of the daily videos on your platform as a way to reach more people with this cause. – Head over to 880everyday.com and you will be able to follow along as well as donate directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand on the event page. – 880everyday.com Link in Bio – #880everyday @alexslemonade @marksmellybell @therock @timferriss @joerogan @garyvee @mobilitywod @steficohen @kabukistrengthlab @smith.julian @jujimufu @thorbjornsson @schwarzenegger @danalinnbailey @shawstrength @mikeohearn @realworld_tactical @barbend
Duffin announced the challenge on his Instagram account and said their whole team was heartbroken when they heard Alex’s story from her mom Liz. He decided to create a charity event, as the fourth pillar of his gym, Kabuki Strength, is charity.
They hope to not only raise money, but also to raise awareness for the specific cause and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Duffin is using his social media platform and status as a pro-lifter to document the lifts and reach out to people to encourage them to donate to their cause at 880everyday.com.
This isn’t the first time Duffin has used his social media and super-human strength powers for good. Earlier in 2018, he raised money for the Special Olympics by squatting 800lbs every day for 30 days. The event raised $6,500 for the cause, an impressive performance he hopes to repeat for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.