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.
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.
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