Fitness studio raises more than $1,000 for family of Joel Paavola

Joel Paavola

Joel Paavola

Fitness studio Pure Barre raised $1,333 for the family of Joel Paavola, the victim in Belle Meade's fatal hatchet attack earlier this month.

On Monday, the studio offered donation-only classes at its three Nashville locations, including Green Hills, White Bridge and the Gulch. Pure Barre contributed a $500 match.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page launched by Tyson Ford, a friend of Paavola's, has now received more than $250,000. Ford's modest goal of $5,000 was surpassed by more than $90,000 in the first 20 hours.

“This campaign has really just made me so proud to have known Joel, and now to see how so people reaching out and helping support his family is just extraordinary,” Ford told Rover earlier this month.

Paavola, a husband and father of five, owned fitness studio The Balance Training. The studio, located at 5133 Harding Pike, reopened Monday.

"It’s about more than the workout," the announcement read. "It’s the community, the healing teamwork, and building strength together."



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