Fitness for a cause

Fitness for a Cause: Barbells For Boobs

Barbell for boobs? You bet. Why? Because you want “to help detect potentially life threatening breast cancer occurrences”. That’s what founder Zionna Hanson did when she learned that her very good friend Cecy Morales found irregularities in her breasts, but was denied screening services because she was 26 at the time and deemed too young.

The recommended age for a mammogram is 40. Z, as many of her close friends know her, decided this was unfair and unacceptable, and wanted to do something to prevent this from happening again. Thus, Barbell for Boobs was born. Watch the full story here.

Since then, Barbells for Boobs has grown into a CrossFit-inspired fitness movement “dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women under the age of 40 and men”. Through various fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns, including peer-to-peer, product sales and its Pink Bra Tour, BFB has brought national attention to the importance of early detection, collaborating with other non-profit organizations to fight the fight for the extinction of breast cancer by taking age and gender out of the diagnosis and focusing on early detection.

What keeps Z and her phenomenal team moving forward with their mission? “Not only is Barbells for Boobs funding early detection, we are also networking and making sure community leaders are connected to the program and what we are doing in their communities.”

For more information about Barbells for Boobs, or to find out ways you can get involved including how to organize your own fundraiser as well as make a donation, please visit www.BarbellsforBoobs.org. Because everyone does have a right to know if they are living with breast cancer. You may just help save someone’s life, and that’s a reward in itself.

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