Sedalia gyms and nutrition clubs are thinking pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and each participating business is helping the search for a cure in its own unique way.
Until Oct. 14, Sedalia’s Curves location is offering a $0 joining fee for those who show proof of having a mammogram performed in the past year or those who donate $25 to the American Cancer Society.
“We waive the service fee, which is normally $99,” said Mary Green, owner of the Sedalia Curves at 1400 S. Limit Ave.
She added that Curves plans to hold a late-October ‘GirlTime Birthday Celebration’ , with fundraising opportunities and prizes, for all those whose lives have been touched by breast cancer.
“I think cancer affects everybody at some point,” Green said. “Either you have a relative, or you know of somebody, or you have a friend ... I think it affects everyone.”
Across town, at Soy Latina Nutrition Club on 118 E. Main St., owner Delfina Gonzalez said her business was kicking off a month of October celebrations, including a Zumba-thon, with a membership promotion.
“Typically we charge $40 a month, and this month, it’s $75 for three months,” she said.
Gonzalez said that Soy Latina’s involvement in Breast Cancer Awareness Month centered on providing information to its members about breast cancer awareness and lifestyle tips for reducing one’s chance of the disease.
“The majority of what we want to do is have facts to throw out there, so we can continue talking about breast cancer,” she said.
At Total Fitness, on 1520 Devin Road, about fifty pink-clad participants came out to try classes like Bodypump and Zumba for free as part of the gym’s Breast Cancer Awareness event on Saturday, which included a raffle and a chance for gym-goers to donate money to breast cancer research.
“I love it,” said instructor Dana Thompson, of the turnout and enthusiasm of the crowd that packed into the morning Zumba class. “It’s just uplifting to see a bunch of women come out for a good cause.”
Total Fitness will continue to accept donations for cancer research throughout the month of October.