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Turlock CrossFit gym hosts Barbells for Boobs benefit
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A member of CrossFit ParaBellum sports a pink tutu as he holds a barbell over his head at a previous Barbell for Boobs event. - photo by Photo Contributed

CrossFit ParaBellum is doing its part in the fight against breast cancer as the local gym hosts its seventh Barbells for Boobs event in cooperation with Reebok.


Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dearly detection of breast cancer with an emphasis of men and women under the age of 40.


"Barbells for Boobs is building a movement that will change the way we look at breast cancer in young women and men,” said Zionna Hanson, Founder and CEO, Barbells for Boobs. “We want to take the age and gender off the disease and focus on early detection. “


CrossFit ParaBellum’s Barbell for Boobs will be a partner workout held at 6 p.m. Nov. 21.; there is a $25 donation to participate.


“Every $80 that is raised pays for one mammogram,” said Renee Sedgwick, owner of CrossFit ParaBellum. “Our goal for the day is $8,000; all proceeds go to the Barbells for Boobs organization that funds the health services.”


Sedgwick added that anyone can participate, “CrossFitter” or not.


“It's an event for everyone,” she said. “You can come to watch or you can come to participate, it’s a great time either way.”


CrossFit ParaBellum had held the event in October, during breast cancer awareness month, in the past, but decided that the month of November better suits their intentions.


“We felt that once the month of October was over, people kind of lost interest in donating to breast cancer,” said Sedgwick. “It’s important to constantly raise awareness, because for people fighting the battle breast cancer is year long.”


“I participated in the event for the past two years. It’s such a great way to bring the community together and support the fight against breast cancer,” said Krista Messer. “My mom is competing with me in the partner workout, and although she doesn’t do CrossFit, she is still able to compete and support the cause.”


There will be a food truck and DJ at the event and those interested can sign up at the door to participate in the workout. CrossFit ParaBellum is located at 1400 Venture Lane, Turlock.


“We’re all in this together, one big family,” said Sedgwick. “No one will struggle alone and we’re here to help the fight.”

For more information, call (916) 524-2660.