According to Health Finder, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. Luckily, the majority survive the disease if found and treated early. With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many organizations and businesses use their platforms to bring light to the illness and raise money to contribute to research.
CrossFit Boxes across the country host events throughout the month of October to contribute to the awareness of breast cancer. Below are a few examples of what gyms are doing for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in hopes it sparks a few ideas for what you and your gym can do to contribute to the fight.
The Coaches at CrossFit Aggregrate have been challenged to raise money in support of breast cancer research. The premise is simple: Each coach will do one burpee for every $.50 donated toward them. Currently, the head Coach and owner has 207 burpees to do on the day of the event. All proceeds from this event, as well as the October gym shirt, will be donated to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
The gym will also be hosting a free community workout on the morning of the event so members of the community can get in on the action before cheering on the Coaches.
In honor of two members battling breast cancer and in recognition of all others battling the disease, CrossFit Turbine is hosting their annual breast cancer fundraiser. The gym will host another a WOD along with a breakfast potluck.
The organization the gym has chosen to support this year is METAvivor, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for women and men with metastatic breast cancer. Throughout the event members are encouraged to give donations and learn more about the organization.
Four the Girls is an annual event at CrossFit NorthRidge. Normally, it is just a normal WOD with a fundraiser element included, but this year they have transitioned it into a competition with proceeds staying local to benefit those in the community battling breast cancer.
The competition will be $60 for each team of two of the same gender, with an Rx and a scaled division.
Irwindale CrossFit partnered with the local Irwindale Police Department to raise funds for breast cancer this year. The event is a paid-entry WOD, with all funds raised donated to the police department’s Pink Patch Project.
The Pink Patch Project is an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support City of Hope in combating this disease. The officers wear bright pink uniform patches throughout October, intended to stimulate conversations with the community and to encourage public awareness about early detection and the fight against this disease.
The event will also feature vendors, food trucks and other family-fun events. All funds raised at this CrossFit competition will go directly toward the goal of raising money for City of Hope to aid in the research, a local non-profit created to raise awareness of breast cancer, treatments and educational resources.