Exercise support for cancer charity at 'Sweat 4 Pink' events
Pink Aid will be holding its first spring fundraiser, "Sweat 4 Pink," during the month of May, supported by local gyms.
Pink Aid supports -- through grant awards -- programs that provide services for local women with breast cancer who lack insurance or have inadequate medical insurance, according to Susan Gersh, Pink Aid's community event coordinator.
In its fifth year, the organization has raised more than $1 million to date, including "$445,000 raised last year alone," Gersh said.
She said the "Sweat 4 Pink" fundraiser is a way to get the "whole community involved."
Gersh said local gyms are donating "their most exciting classes to the cause." Each class will cost $25 with the entire amount going to Pink Aid, she said.
Through Pink Aid, Gersh said they would like to "make Connecticut a more compassionate and humane" place for women not only struggling with breast cancer, but also dealing with issues in their daily lives.
Pink Aid was launched five years ago to help breast cancer patients with emergency and immediate needs. Some patients struggle to pay rent and utility bills and to put food on their families' tables, she said.
Pink Aid, she added, supports programs that provide services including free mammograms, wigs, recovery garments, food cards, transportation to treatment, help covering personal expenses and more. Grants aren't given only to local hospitals, but also to a number of grass-roots agencies, she said.
The organization also sponsors a fall fundraiser.
Sweat 4 Pink classes all cost $25.
Local gyms participating in the fundraiser are:
May 3: Saugatuck Rowing Club, 521 Riverside Ave., "Total Body with Mo," at 11 a.m., to reserve a space call 203-221-7475.
May 5: JoyRide Cycling Studio, 1200 Post Road East, indoor cycling "Pinko de Mayo" Celebration, 6 p.m., to reserve a space, go to www.joyridestudio.com.
May 12: The Dance Collective, 222 Post Road West, "Cha, Cha, Cha," beginner Latin dance, 12:30 p.m., call 203-341-8900 or email@example.com.
May 17: Kai Yoga of Westport, 1200 Post Road East, yoga with Lisa Giordano, at 4 p.m. call 203-532-0660.
May 18: She3 Barre & Wellness, 103-107 Main St., Benay's Method, 8:30 a.m., call 203-454-0001 to reserve a space.
May 20: Evolution Sports & Fitness, 292 Post Road East, "REV-elution," 6 p.m., to reserve a space, call 203-216-0378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28: Andy Berman: Mental Grit Fitness, held at a private Westport home, at 11 a.m., email email@example.com.
May 29: Downunder, 575 Riverside Ave., PaddleFit and Fun, noon, call 203-956-6217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.