WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-white01, ww color white


Snap Fitness Gifts Franchise For Great Life Story

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things To Know For Sept. 15, 2014
  2. Finding Minnesota: Superior Views Of Migrating Raptors
  3. WCCO's Jason Matheson Gets Married
  4. For The Third Straight Year, Your Miss America Is ...
  5. Warrant Issued For Adrian Peterson’s Arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When two thousand people tell their life story to win one big prize, you know the winner is going to be special.

Minnesota-based Snap Fitness decided to give away a franchise worth $250,000, and they said they couldn’t be more confident they found the most deserving recipient.

Snap Fitness Founder and CEO Peter Taunton said he knew immediately after hearing Charlice Noble-Jones’ story that he was going to give her a Snap Fitness.

Noble-Jones works as a teacher at a school in Albany, Ga., where she was surprised with the prize.

But she wasn’t just picked for being a teacher. Noble-Jones is also a 9/11 survivor.

“People were falling around me as they were running, being hit with debris,” she said.

To make matters worse: One month before Sept. 11, 2001, Noble-Jones learned her husband had pancreatic cancer. The diagnosis put a hold on their life plans.

“To not be able to dream and set goals in life … who wants to live a life like that?” she asked.

It was in her husband’s final hours that Noble-Jones found the will to dream.

“He said, promise me that you will move on with your life, promise me that you will start to plan and dream; and promise me that you and Preston will be happy,” Noble-Jones said.

Four years after her husband’s death, Noble-Jones now has the blue prints for a future. Her dream is to open the first Snap Fitness in South Africa.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,854 other followers