Barbells for Boobs raises nearly $11,000 for low, no-cost mammograms
Rockport — As the leaves start to turn bright and the air starts to turn crisp, slowly the world around us starts to turn pink.
Since 1985, October has become more than just the month of the Columbus Day long weekend and goblins and ghouls. It has become the month where the focus is on breast cancer awareness.
Much of that focus falls into fundraising for early detection services. Many businesses, associations, groups, and even sports teams get in on the action.
Right nearby in Rockport, one such group spent the month of October raising more than $10,000 for low cost and no cost mammogram services.
$10,723 to be exact.
For every $80 that was raised the organization Barbells for Boobs, partnered with Mammograms in Action, provided a mammogram for an individual who may not have received the lifesaving test.
Together these individuals provided more than 134 mammograms.
These people weren’t necessarily survivors or the family of survivors. They were just a group of athletes looking to pay it forward the best way they knew how.
By lifting heaving things to lift someone’s burden.
It’s what CrossFitters do the best.
CrossFit is no ordinary gym. The members of Stone Coast CrossFit from the outside, may seem like a family. A family who pulls together to push someone else through.
A total of 34 members of Stone Coast CrossFit came together for one month to raise money for people they had never met and probably never will. As they might say, they PR’d (Personal Record) fundraising. Their team goal was $5,000, considering their efforts last year fell short of the same goal.
Sweat is the CrossFitters way of paying it forward, of honoring the fallen, and supporting a community they fully believe in.
On Oct. 26, nearly 50 people turned out at SCCF at 16 Rockport Park Center Drive for the final culmination of a month of fundraising.
Of those 50 people, 30 people took to the barbell to participate in “Grace” or 30 clean and jerks for time. (Clean and jerk: Taking the bar from the floor to the chest and then pressing it over head, before returning it to the floor. Repeat.)
Those other 20 people? They showed up for support.
Nick Brown and Lily Hamill own and operate Stone Coast CrossFit. For more information about Stone Coast Crossfit or to donate to Barbells for Boobs, contact them at 370-0544 or email@example.com.
To find out more about free mammograms and pap smears, go to the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Program page at maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/bcp/services.htm