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Local Photographer Hoping to Lose BIG to HELP National MS Society Win BIG

Two Bakersfield charities could have a lot to gain thanks to a local weight-loss challenge. Terrio Physical Therapy and Fitness had originally come up with its 5-Ton Challenge as a way to help people get healthy, lose weight, live longer, and fight obesity. Then, professional photographer, Stephanie Deveau of "inky-dinky-do" studios, turned things up a notch when she challenged owner Tim Terrio to pay her official charity, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, $1 for every pound she and her team members lost.

Terrio agreed to pay, but only if each of her team members lost at least 30 pounds. In addition, he told Deveau that if her team doesn't lose the weight, she will have to pay him $20 per team member, with all proceeds going to his charity, the League of Dreams.

The 5-Ton Weight-Loss Challenge began Tuesday, September 7. Between then and November 22, participants are focusing on three aspects—fitness, nutrition, and wellness. In the four previous events, participants have lost a total of 6,500 pounds.

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