Students and instructors of Eastern Oregon Family Taekwondo, Stanfield, broke more than 200 bricks Saturday on the way to raising $4,451 to benefit an Echo girl with a brain tumor.
Erwin Watson, owner of the martial arts studio and business, said they also went through far more boards than bricks.
“We did it, and it was a team effort,” Watson said.
His taekwondo students solicited donations of $5 per board and $10 per brick to help cover the medical costs of 11-year-old Maddy Thomas, who has pilocytic astrocytoma, a brain tumor. She had surgery in October to remove part of the tumor and is undergoing chemotherapy to shrink the rest.
Home Depot donated the boards and bricks, and Watson said the bricks provided quite the workout.
“The bricks were pretty hard,” he said. “Harder than any I’ve ever broke before.”
Watson also coped with a sore wrist, which he said he got from a knot in a board. Still, he joined his dozens of students, from children to adults, slamming their fists and elbows through the boards and bricks.
Watson’s oldest son, Tyler Watson, also played a big role, at one point driving his elbow again and again through stacks of three bricks.
The senior Watson said the hard work — and soreness — were worth it, and he plans to soon present Maddy with the check. More donations also could come in, he said, so the final tally could be even larger.