One of the many amazing aspects of Crossfit, especially Crossfit Carbon, is our supportive, inspiring, and inter-connected community. Crossfit Carbon has been a sponsor of the event Barbells for Boobs for the past 4 years now. Carbon is proud to host and fundraise an event for breast cancer, which impacts all of us. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on October 17, 2015, Carbon will be hosting its annual Barbell for Boobs fundraiser. More information on that below.
How did Barbells for Boobs start?
Barbells for Boobs originated from the friendship between founder Zionna Hanson and Cecy Morales. Only 26 years old at the time, and after finding irregularities in her breasts, Cecy was denied her screening services and advised by medical professionals to come back when she turns 40 years old. Not satisfied with this answer, Cecy persisted and insisted on being screened only to finally discover that she was in the midst of stage 0 (DCIS) breast cancer. “Z” as she is known by her friends, decided that the answers her best friend, Cecy, was given were not enough; it was then that “Z” decided to make it her life’s mission to make sure that this scenario would never happen again. Through their journey, Zionna and Cecy realized many women cannot afford to get regular mammograms. “Z” being a crossfitter, saw an opportunity to help other men and women through the supportive CrossFit community.
So in 2010, “Z” and her box planned a fundraiser for breast cancer, in honor of Cecy, and invited other local boxes to complete “Grace,” a wod of 30 clean and jerks, for time. What was a small, local fundraiser for one person, has since grown to be a nationwide event. In 2010, Reebok partnered with Barbells for Boobs to support their mission of saving lives through the early detection of breast cancer. With their Pink Bra Tour in full swing, CrossFit wanted to highlight and “thank” boxes for supporting Barbells for Boobs and show why they’re so proud to call this organization our partner.
“Barbells for Boobs is a 501(c)3 non-profit breast cancer organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women and men under the age of 40.” www.barbellforboobs.org
Why “Barbells” for Boobs?
“The “Barbell” is truly the metaphorical and literal root of our organization. It started in 2009 with Z (the Founder) picking it up, and lifting it above her head 30 times (performing the WOD named, Grace) alongside 60 of her friends to start this amazing movement, the organization of today. We also know that sometimes one must lift something pretty heavy in order to achieve results! This defines our mission as a fearless organization synonymous with “forward-thinkers” and life-savers.”- www.barbellforboobs.org
During the month of October, CrossFit gyms around the country can join the movement to host Barbells for Boobs, in which athletes perform “Grace” at their box.
For more information about Barbells for Boobs organization and fundraiser click here and donate through Crossfit Carbon or start your own fundraising page. For more information about the background of Crossfit and Barbells for Boobs, you can find more here.
*** PLEASE REGISTER HERE TODAY if you’d like to join Crossfit Carbon’s fundraiser event on October 17, 2015 from 8:30am-1pm. You can donate, volunteer, and/or a participate in friendly WOD of “Grace.” All are welcome – bring your friends, family, and members from other boxes! There will be a DJ, vendors, and our powerful community! ***