There are are many local Zumba enthusiasts who like to have fun while raising money for a good cause. Two local women, the mother and daughter team of Angela and Patty Barwick, are raising funds for St. Jude’s hospital in the name of Heroes for Hope. Did you know that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers? It’s true and no one ever has to pay for their life saving services. That’s why you are needed to join in the efforts while doing something good for yourself!
Local Zumba instructors are hosting a Zumbathon for St. Jude event on September 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm at North Strand Park, Little River. The event will include 2-1/2 hours of Zumba led by area instructors, raffles, refreshments and a lot of fun! Admission is $10 per person and participants raising $35 or more will win a St. Jude t-shirt. The event is open to the public and area residents can get involved by attending the event, donating raffle prizes, sponsoring a participant or donating online at the event website found at Zumbathon for St. Jude. For more information, call 843-283-0242 or 843-450-2622.
This is the inaugural year for the Zumbathon for St. Jude event. Organizers hope to make it an annual event and eventually grow to include regional Zumbathons. “We look forward to this event to help raise awareness and funds for the kids of St. Jude,” said Patty Barwick, event coordinator. “The Zumbathon for St. Jude event brings together Zumba enthusiasts in cities like ours to truly support the mission of St. Jude of finding cures to treat deadly childhood diseases while getting fit. Heroes for Hope is just starting, but we have plans to bring awareness to a lot of childrens’ issues in the near future, and we pray that this Zumbathon is just the beginning of great things for kids in our area.”
According to Angela Barwick, “we are so excited to do this Zumbathon and hope to make it a yearly event. We know firsthand how frightening it is to have a little one with a life threatening disease; no parent should ever have to go through that. If we can help even one more child become healthy, then every bit of our work and effort is well worth it.”
Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like the Zumbathon for St. Jude.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.