9/11 Survivor Wins Hawkinsville Fitness Center

11:41 AM, Jan 1, 2012   |    comments
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Charlice Noble-Jones was selected from a pool of 2,000 applicants win a Snap Fitness gym she's opening in Hawkinsville.

But this isn't the first time she beat the odds.

She survived the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Ten years ago, she lived in New York City and worked for Deutsche Bank.

"Another guy over my left shoulder said that a plane is about to hit the building and that was all the warning we had," said Noble-Jones.

She says she remembers that day from 10 years ago every day.

"You could hear the bodies as they landed on top of buildings and it was just minutes. It felt like forever, but it was just minutes," said Noble-Jones.

She talked about some scary moments for her and how she pulled through it all at her Snap Fitness Gym in Hawkinsville.

"I was not running to survive. I thought I was running to find a place for my mom to find my body," said Noble-Jones.

September 11th changed the path of her life. She left Wall Street and got married. Her husband died four years ago from a terminal illness.

Now, she says her focus is on motherhood and teaching.

"Back then it was glitzy to say 'I manage 60 billion dollars a day', who wouldn't want to say that? Now I can say I teach 100 students a day," said Noble-Jones.

Another part of her life is fitness and she said that owning a gym is her way of helping others become healthier and more active.

Noble-Jones's Snap Fitness gym opens Sunday.

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