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Why October?         

It’s October again, time for pumpkins, candy and of course “Party in Pink”! What is “Party in Pink”? As we all know, October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the international ZUMBA community is ready to lend a hand!

There will be Zumbathons up until Oct. 31st benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation. According to the official ZUMBA website, 75 percent of the ticket cost will go to breast cancer research.

As of today, at 10:15 a.m. the official ZUMBA website accounted for $139, 417 raised for the cause out of their total $1 million goal.

What is a Zumbathon?

According to nationalbreastcancer.org, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This is no silly business we are dealing with. Today, a large Zumbathon took place at Walkersville Elementary School in Maryland to help make a change.

Local instructors and ZUMBA enthusiasts danced from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the name of finding a cure. Two hours of dancing went by quickly with as much fun as these guys were having!

While for some people, Walkersville Elementary is only a 20 minute drive away, ZUMBA instructor, Gwen Atkinson, traveled all the way from Kansas. “I came back for this event because I helped last year and the year before. I decided to come back because it’s such a great event and a really good cause,” Atkinson said.

So what was the goal for this enthusiastic ZUMBA group? “Our goal was to unite the community for breast cancer awareness,” Atkinosn said.

Shanda Terry, who just joined the ZUMBA community 8 months ago, has lost 60 pounds dancing to the ZUMBA drum beat. “I came out today just to have fun, exercise and hang out with the instructors. Hopefully the money we raised today can help out with the breast cancer research,” Terry said.

While Rick Smith, a local instructor, was the only male instructor performing on stage today, he was not the only male dancing to the ZUMBA beat today! “This is my first Zumbathon I have taught at! I had so much fun. I think everyone getting together for a good cause is great to see,” Smith said.

Not interested in Zumbathons but want to help?

For those who don’t feel comfortable hitting the dance floor, there is something fun you can do to help that will have you feeling “tickled pink” for the rest of the month of October.

On the official website, the ZUMBA community is selling “party in pink” gear. Everything from nail polish, bracelets, pants to T-shirts are on sale for both men and women and 30 percent of the money will be donated to the cause.

A special thank you to Jesse Roderick and Denise Kurner West who hosted this wonderful event for the community.

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