Recognizing Duane Burlingame of Freeport, Illinoisby Representative Cheri Bustos
Posted on 2015-01-06
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Mrs. BUSTOS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to talk about Mr. Duane
Burlingame of Freeport, Illinois.
Duane Burlingame is a tremendous athlete and is currently one of the top master powerlifters in the world. He has won six world titles and recently achieved best lifter heavyweight honors at the 18th annual Welker Engineering World Association of Bench Pressers and Deadlifters Championships in Las Vegas. He has accomplished all of this despite previous injuries, and while serving his community.
Duane Burlingame truly lives his life for others while doing what he loves to do. Over his 17 year career, he has raised funds for SIDS, the American Cancer Society, and St. Jude Children's Hospital through asking friends and supporters to pledge money per pound he lifts. By lifting 551 pounds for one of his most recent competitions, he made it clear that he is putting his talent to work for the benefit of those in need in a very big way. This year, Duane Burlingame will be sending toys to children at St. Judes' for Christmas. He explained that he was ``much more excited going out and buying toys to send to children'' than when he went to the World Championships. He believes that by giving back during difficult times we can all make a big difference. Duane also runs a personal training business and has previously provided fitness and nutrition plans free of charge to those in his community in need.
Mr. Speaker, I'd like to thank Duane Burlingame for his dedication to our community and for supporting important organizations that help to keep all of our communities healthy.