AUSTIN,TX - When Melanie Daly was first invited to the 22 for 22 challenge, she thought it was a run-of-the-mill Facebook page.
"I had a friend who challenged me on Facebook," she said. "I thought ‘it's gonna be an invite to do one of those games or something,’ but I clicked on it and read it anyway and I was devastated."
What Daly read was a sobering statistic from the VA: more than 20 veterans commit suicide every day.
"I cannot begin to understand," she said. "It kind of blew me away and I thought 22 push-ups is the least I can do."
The campaign started gaining traction on Facebook. Similar to the Ice-Bucket challenge, users are challenged to commit and then begin a 22-day challenge. Each day, they are to do 22 push-ups and tag a friend or family member. For Daly, a Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist, it was an opportunity to use her skills.
"22 push-ups, I can do them," she said. "It's what I do. It may not be that big of a challenge but it's meaningful. So I decided I was going to do 22 push-ups in 22 different ways. "
Over the course of 22 days, Daly showed off 22 different techniques ranging from a "t-push up" to "mountain climbers" to "high-five push-ups."
"My last push-up was the serve the platter pushup," she said. "That's really what it's about. It's about serving people who have served us and that's the bottom line."
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