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Connecticut Breast Health Initiative Plans Jazzercise Fundraiser

Are you looking to have a fun workout and donate to a good cause at the same time? On Oct. 1 the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CT-BHI) is holding a Jazzercise Fundraiser encouraging people to get their pink on!

Marsha Goldstein and Laurie Aparo of the co-chairs of the CT-BHI event, were looking for new ways to raise money for the cause.

“I thought this was a neat idea because you need to be active to stay healthy,” said Goldstein. “It’s fun, healthy and makes you work up a great sweat.”

It will kick-off October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Jazzercise will be held at St. Mark’s Church, 147 West Main St. from 9-11 a.m.

“St. Mark’s is a great venue,” said Goldstein, a breast cancer survivor. “It can hold up to 100 people.”

All levels of jazzercise from beginners who want to work-out for 20 minutes to experienced athletes who want to do the full two hours are welcome to join.

The event will be choreographed to today’s hottest music, Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing which can be done by anyone at any fitness level.

“Part of the challenge is people decide at the last minute if the want to do this,” said Goldstein. “But, I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Although all can have fun with great music and lots of energy, the funds will also be put to a good use. It will go towards breast cancer research in Connecticut.

“We’re here seeing the first-hand progress people who get the funds are making,” said Goldstein. “Our goal is to provide a piece in the research. We have a key little niche.”

In this economy, not a lot of funding is out there so every little bit helps.

According to the CT-BHI, there are 2,000,000 breast cancer survivors in the United States now. There will be 207, 090 an estimated number of new cases of breast cancer that will be diagnosed in women in the united States this year. About 39,480 estimated number of women who will die from breast cancer this year. Five percent of all breast cancers occur in women under age 40. Most breast cancers and breast cancer deaths occur in women age 50 and older.

CT-BHI also conducts the Race in the Park at Walnut Hill Park.

Donation for the Jazzercise is $25. Register by calling the CT-BHI office at 860-827-7103.