‘Barbells for Boobs’ raises $2,200 for mammograms (PHOTOS)


Participants — including instructor David Patterson, left, wearing his wife's pink training bra — prepare for the 400-meter portion of the 'Helen meets Grace' exercise during Saturday's "Barbells for Boobs" fundraiser. The event raised $2,200 for mammograms.

MATTHEW BROWN | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

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.   

See the 'Barbells for Boobs' photo gallery>>

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.

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