CRESTVIEW — With area residents’ help, CrossFit’s Crestview location has netted $2,200 for mammograms following Saturday’s "Barbells for Boobs” fundraiser.


CRESTVIEW — With area residents’ help, CrossFit’s Crestview location has netted $2,200 for mammograms following Saturday’s "Barbells for Boobs” fundraiser.



That amount will pay for 26 breast check-ups for men and women who otherwise couldn’t afford one, event organizer Chloe Collinsworth announced on Facebook.   



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Standing room was hard to find at the Shoffner Boulevard facility. Attendees had to make room for participants in “Helen meets Grace,” a combination exercise including pull-ups, kettle bell swings, clean and jerks and a 400-meter run near the facility.



Several participants paid tribute to friends and family members who have dealt with breast cancer.



Cassandra Hicks — who honored her mother and breast cancer survivor, Diann Howe, along with co-worker and breast cancer survivor Debora Belanger — said she appreciated the turnout. 



"As a part of the CrossFit community, this (was) such a good event ... for us to come together,” she said.



 Belanger — cancer-free for seven years — attended to support Hicks and her daughter, Samantha Childs.



"I think this is awesome," she said. "It is causes like this that make a difference."



In addition to donations, participants showed support by wearing pink attire or sporting pink hair.



Instructor David Patterson wore his wife's training bra.



"For these events I like to go all out," he said.



Although raising money is beneficial, raising awareness is also important, he said.



"It's not all about the money; it's about making a difference in the community," he said.  



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.