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Iron Will Award Candidate:
Johnny Hewitt


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Johnny's Story (as nominated by his mother Debbie):

I am writing to enter the name of my son into your Iron Will contest. I came across your article while taking a look at the MABBA site on line... so here goes. As I sit here thinking of the past...well, it could consume me If I would let it. But, thankfully our family has chosen a different way of life that has led us to health-both physically and mentally. Our son's name is Johnny Hewitt and he is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. He will soon be thirty-five and for twenty of those years he had been struggling with this disease. The trouble that he has seen and been in during that time have not been positive nor anything that he has been proud of.

He was always searching for a way or a place to "FIT IN". For a number of years he played semi-pro hockey in quite a few cities all over North America, usually in the tough guy role. He finally came home in Dec. of 2006, and found a job as a car sales man in Brandon. He has lived there since. He had been sober for 2 years and his body was toned and fit! In the year of 2008, he decided to train so that he could enter the MABBA competition in 2009...But that was not to be!

To make a long story short, in early February of 2009, he was diagnosed with a broken back that would have to be operated on immediately!!! We were told that he was days if not hours away from having a wheelchair as his only mode of transportation. What was a strange twist was that he didn't know exactly when he broke it. The specialist told us that by the calcium build up on the disks---it had been broken for quite a while. So, it was probably from the hockey days. Johnny just felt that the back pain he was dealing with was just something he would have to put up with, due to his rough times. So after a very painful surgery there was an even more painful recovery which included prescription drugs that once again took him on a dark path. He fell down hard---but thanks to his program and Higher Power he rose up again. It took quite a while for his back to mend so that he could start training, but the time finally came. Once again he felt energetic and invigorated, and willing to start at the beginning ---one day at a time!

So here he is today, 18 months sober and determined to do the best he can in the competition. There are people at the gym that ask him how he has done what he has done and he is proud to say that dedication to work towards his goal and especially drug-free has paid off! He is a positive role model to a number of young people---how wonderful is that? His training has helped him to overcome the person he was and is leading him to be the person he was supposed to be.

Thanks for your time and consideration for the nomination of our son, JOHNNY HEWITT IN YOUR IRON WILL CONTEST.
Sincerely,
Debbie Hewitt.


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