Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gym Members Make Impact On Quest For A Cure

“Kelli Richardson and Patti Dubielak know a small army of women who have made a big impact on finding a cure for breast cancer. Richardson and Dubielak, who co-own Curves on Exchange Street, have encouraged their members to walk in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for the past five years. The Curves gym has about 150 members, many of whom are breast cancer survivors, Dubielak said. In fact, as many as 15 survivors at once have come to the gym, Richardson said. There are currently about eight Curves members who have the disease. The members are incredibly supportive of the survivors, Richardson said, and have rallied for them year after year at the breast cancer walk. ‘We have about 40 women who come, and they bring their daughters and sisters and friends,’ said Richardson. ‘We've raised about $33,000 in the last five years.’ Many members who do the walk which is Oct. 4 in Boston ask friends and local businesses for pledges, Richardson said. ‘We're a small Curves, but the community is spirited and supported,’ she said. ‘I'm very proud of our club.’ Gym members can also purchase ribbons in honor or in memory of someone they know who had breast cancer."

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