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Teacher Loses Weight to Raise Money for School

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Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Jemon Haskins

Lynchburg, VA - Tony Tucker, an athletic trainer at Heritage High School, tried diets and workouts, but the weight always came back. That was until he got the kind of motivation he could not turn down.

Tucker's doctor has put up a wager -  a dollar for every pound he loses. Tucker is working to raise money for a huge project at the school, so he jumped at that deal.

When it comes to the kids of Heritage High, Tucker gives his all.

"If they ask for something, I'm basically willing to do it for the most part," said Tucker.

Even if it that means shaving off his entire beard to raise money for the high school weight room.

"I love my job. I love working with kids. I love making kids better," said Tucker.

But in the process, Tucker lost sight of making himself better. For years, his weight has gone up and down.

"It's like the tide," said Tucker.

When that tide reached 341 pounds, Tucker's doctor said something had to give.

"It was clear his weight was starting to affect his bones, and his joints, and his overall well being," said Dr. John Prahinski, an orthopaedic surgeon at Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia.

But Dr. Prahinski knew just the thing to motivate him.

"He said, 'I'll give you a dollar for every pound. We will weigh you today, and we will give you a dollar for every pound you lose,'" said Tucker.

It was the doc's way of contributing to Tucker's project, financing the high school weight room.

Five days a week, twice a day Tucker hits the treadmill every step thinking of the students he's working for.

"It has not been a struggle that's the crazy part. Knock on wood! It's been easy," said Tucker.

He has also changed his diet, and so far he's lost 45 pounds.

"We had a physical done a couple weeks ago. And the blood work and the results were unreal. My doctor said, 'Wow! Just keep doing what you are doing,'" said Tucker.

His goal is to lose 100 pounds. Tucker now has about 10 other people joined in on this deal. The goal is to see how much Tucker can lose before the start of football season in August. The school still needs about $1,000 for the weight room.

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