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Fitness group, book talk, benefit Wounded Warriors

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LONGMEADOW – What do getting fit, veterans and a fictional novel have in common? All are coming together in Longmeadow to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) June 4.
Longmeadow retina surgeon and author Andrew Lam will speak at the Adult Center  at 6 p.m. about his book “Two Sons of China,” a fictional novel set in China in 1944. Inspired by the real-life story of America’s Dixie Mission to Mao’s Chinese Communists, “Two Sons of China” is a richly detailed historical saga from a forgotten theater of World War II — a tale of passion and betrayal that reveals the strength of two warriors’ unbreakable friendship, and the powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
Proceeds from the purchase of the book that day benefit WWP. Lam is teaming up with another resident, fitness guru Ian Coogan, who started a Beach Body group at the Center also to benefit WWP.
The group meets Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings at the Adult Center. Coogan, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Westover, said the 30-minute workout sessions are free to the public, however, they ask for donations to benefit WWP. Childcare is also provided in another room.
The purpose of the Beach Body group is to raise funds and awareness for WWP, help people get in shape, especially to participate in the Wounded Warrior 5k, and help participants with their overall health and nutrition.
“The Wounded Warrior Project has always been near and dear to me,” said Coogan. “After going to Afghanistan and Iraq and seeing so many people injured, I wanted to help the wounded.”
Longmeadow held its first Wounded Warrior 5k last fall with much success, and Coogan wanted to continue that momentum with the fitness group.
The workouts benefit people of all fitness levels, from beginners to more advanced athletes. Older children are also welcome to join the program.
“We are very family friendly,” said Coogan.
Coogan’s goal is to present the WWP project with a $10,000 donation at the race, set o take place this fall.
The public is welcome to attend the Beach Body group. For more information on the fitness group, Veteran’s Circle or book talk, contact the Adult Center at 565-4150.