Body by Banks Fitness Fundraiser for Autism

Fitness Innovator, Michael Banks and his Body by Banks crew are all smiles after a great workout

Fitness Innovator, Michael Banks and his Body by Banks crew are all smiles after a great workout

More than 3 and a half million Americans, as well as 1 out of 68 children born in the US are diagnosed with Autism. In Utah, that rate increases to 1 in 54. Over $250 billion is needed annually to help those with Autism live comfortably in a world that many take for granted. This is why the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning, Valley Behavioral Health, and Body by Banks are doing ongoing fundraisers for Autism. If you would like to help, you can donate HERE.

I had the pleasure of covering one of the fundraising events on Saturday, May 9th. at the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning. Though there it was cold and rainy inside, there was lots of fun, excitement, and exercise going on inside, being led by the man himself, Michael Banks!

I want to thank Mr. Banks for the opportunity to be a part of this great event. 



Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!