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  • SATURDAY, July 6, 2013

    Chappie Hunter Fund

    Chappie Hunter Fund

    Saturday, July 6 2013 8:12 PM EDT2013-07-07 00:12:21 GMT
    Donations can be made out to: 
    CNOA Region IV 
    memo: Chappie Hunter 
    Please send to: 
    CNOA Region IV,
    c/o Nestor Hernandez
    PO Box 370024 
    San Diego, CA 92137
     
    Donations can be made out to:
    CNOA Region IV
    memo: Chappie Hunter
    Please send to:
    CNOA Region IV,
    c/o Nestor Hernandez
    PO Box 370024
    San Diego, CA 92137
     

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's the workout program San Diego police detective Chappie Hunter credits for making him physically and mentally tough saving his life.

And Sunday, the crossfit community came together in La Mesa, for the Chappie Challenge -- raising money for his rehabilitation and for a specialized prosthetic for athletes. But even without a prosthetic, Chappie is already overcoming the odds.

Less than three weeks after losing part of his left leg in a tragic crash, San Diego police detective Chappie Hunter is proving anything is possible.

He tackled this intense crossfit workout with more determination than ever before.

"It's difficult, I only got the one leg to fire off, so it got tired really quick, but I got through it worked hard and it felt awesome," he said.

His goal: to inspire others, as his wife Arlene, watched with a little concern.

"I know he's hurt so it was kind of freaking me out, broken ribs, trying to recover, didn't look like he was hurt at all when he was doing it," she said.

Chappie's ribs were broken, and his leg severed, on Sunday, June 16th in Alpine. The CHP says a teenaged driver with a learner's permit, made a left turn in front of his motorcycle. The impact threw him onto her windshield.

For the first time since the crash, Chappie returned to his gym in La Mesa, Crossfit RSD, for a fundraiser in his honor.

"His prosthetic is going to be about $25,000 so we want to make sure we chip in and help him out there," said owner Mikes Spears.

Teams competed to raise money. But not before Chappie kicked off the event -- telling the crowd he believes his crossfit training helped him cheat death.

"The mental and physical aspect crossfit has given to me, is what honestly I think had saved my life."

It has been an emotional journey.

"My parents and my wife and my son... I'm strong, mostly because of you... I want to be here for you still and make you proud."

And those competing wanted to make Chappie proud, including Chappie's Angels.

"The little bit of pain I endured for that 20 minutes felt like an hour, for what Chappie's been through doesn't even compare so this was a great event," said Lt. Misty Cedrun.

There were about 500 people at Saturday's event, raising more than $6,000.

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