‘Pilates for Pink’ raises breast cancer awareness

By Megan Kutulis
November 13, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness month came to a close on Sunday, Oct. 26, when students and athletes grabbed their exercise mats and headed to the Dixon Center.

In conjunction with FITnWELL Studios and Shape Magazine, Cabrini hosted a “Pilates for Pink” event to benefit breast cancer research.

“Pilates for Pink,” one of Shape Magazine’s most lucrative fundraisers, is in its third year. The event, which teams up with gyms and workout studios nationwide, earned over $100,000 for breast cancer research in 2007 alone.

Although this was only Cabrini’s first year hosting the event, “Pilates for Pink” earned over $200 from Cabrini students and the local community.

Upon arrival, participants made a donation of $5 or more to the cause and entered for the chance to win free workout gear from Lucy, a local women’s workout gear store.

Students also passed out “Pilates for Pink” t-shirts to the first 50 participants.

Cabrini athletic teams were in attendance of the event but it was open to anyone.

The women’s volleyball and softball teams joined in the workout and helped staff the event.

FITnWELL, a Wayne-based workout studio, was Shape’s local sponsor for the event.

The class was taught by a FITnWELL employee and Pilates instructor and demonstrated by a faithful class member.

As students tried their best to twist and turn themselves to match their demonstrator, Lucy passed out free water bottles, spa coupons and socks.

Besides all the free goodies, senior elementary, special and early childhood education major Jessica Jaxel deemed the event a success.

“I think the event went really well. Since my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, I really like to see Cabrini taking such great strides towards promoting breast cancer awareness. It was a really good atmosphere . it was nice to see everybody coming out for such a good cause,” Jaxel said.

Cabrini’s recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month was evident on campus.

Pink bows tied around the Founder’s lamp posts and free Health and Wellness stickers were daily reminders of a sickness that has affected most students, like Jaxel, personally.

Although Cabrini has not committed to another “Pilates for Pink” event, there is a no doubt that if there is, students will come.

To continue to benefit breast cancer research until then, students can visit komen.org, the Susan G. Komen Web site, where they can find a list of upcoming events in any area.

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