A popular local high school teacher, who is also a fitness instructor, is getting a life-lesson in facing adversity and carrying on, with the support of friends and loved ones.
Matt Wion teaches history at Rutherford Hayes High School in Delaware and is also an instructor at the local 'Systems of Strength' workout centers.
Last month, he was sidelined by a horrible jet ski accident that caused devastating injuries. Wion was a passenger on the back of a jet ski that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit a wave. Wion was tossed off, causing extensive injuries to his head and face.
Word of the accident sent shockwaves through the fitness center, where Wion and his wife are instructors. It also sent his co-workers there into action. All this week classes at the systems of strength facilities in Dublin, Clintonville and Grandview are free, with the hope that students will instead donate funds to the Wion family.
"We have people who were his students ten years ago taking classes this week and donating, just to help him out because they are worried about him," said SOS co-owner Gretchen Dusseau.
Dusseau says there is concern some of his injuries will not be covered by insurance.
"At the end of the day, that's why we are doing what we are doing because we know that insurance will only cover up to a point. A lot of things with the face they do consider cosmetic and a lot of his injuries are shoulders up."
This weekend, High Bank Distillery will donate a portion of its proceeds to Wion. Even other fitness facilities are raising funds for his care. Dusseau says the children of some of Wion's fitness students are planning to help.
"They are going to have several lemonade stands, and I think it's amazing that everybody from who he works with, his family and friends, and children who never met him know he's a good person."
Information on how to donate can be found at the Systems of Strength Facebook page.