It was a “Party in Pink” on Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577, with Zumba and “pinking out” for breast cancer awareness when Pink Warrior Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families through the chemotherapy and recovery processes, held a Zumbathon to raise money and awareness for their cause.
About 30 residents, some of them breast cancer survivors, attended the two-hour class. Rabbit Fest royalty helped check in attendees and even put on pink before heading to the class to get a good workout.
“I thought it was great. It was really awesome that everyone came out to show their support — even men and children came out,” said Kim Russell, a PWA executive committee member and cancer survivor. “Everyone had a good time. The survivors were able to share their stories and everyone was able to understand why we do this.”
Russell said many people are not aware of the impact an illness such as breast cancer can have on a family.
“Breast cancer affects you in so many ways — physically, mentally, spiritually,” she said. “On top of all the medical bills, sometimes you can’t even make your own meals or do basic things such as cleaning your house or washing the dishes.”
Pink Warrior Angel founder Julie Moser said the event raised more than $300 for the nonprofit.
“The funds will go directly to help those going through treatment and post-treatment, helping emotionally, financially and physically,” said Moser, who is also a survivor. “(And) exercise is so important for after-treatments. I have had many lingering elements since my treatment ended two years ago. I am proud to say I was able to to an hour of the two-hour Zumba class. I am very proud of myself.”