By JENNIFER WADE
Delegate Nick Rush and his wife, Jennifer, are partnering with the owner of Boot Camp Challenge-New River Valley to announce their third annual fundraising initiative to support breast cancer research. Boot Camp to Fight Breast Cancer is a one-hour event open to anyone interested in having a great exercise opportunity and supporting breast cancer research at the same time.
Through the Avon Foundation, the Boot Camp to Fight Breast Cancer raised nearly $900 last year. With this money, and money raised across the country, the Avon Foundation has been able to provide funding to organizations that advance the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Statistics in 2011 were promising, showing that more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors were living in the United States due in large part to these advancements.
“Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, as well as preventing its return, if you are a survivor.” Jennifer Rush said. With this in mind, she combined efforts with the owner of Boot Camp Challenge of the New River Valley and created a Boot Camp to Fight Breast Cancer fundraiser. “I hope our friends and neighbors will join Nick and I in our efforts to raise money for the worthwhile cause.”
This year’s event will be held on the soccer fields at the Christiansburg Moose Lodge on July 10 from 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Avon Walk. It is a one-hour boot camp class that consists of fun interval training in cardio and strength. Modifications will be given for all fitness levels. Those interested in participating or in need of more information can contact the event’s drill sergeant, Jenifer Messer, at firstname.lastname@example.org