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‘Barbells for Boobs’ at Crossfit to raise breast cancer awareness

Posted at 10:31 PM, Oct 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-02 22:31:40-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with that comes a lot of people fighting to put an end to cancer.   Crossfit Gyms are joining in on that to raise money and awareness about early diagnosis.

Crossfit 616,  located at 2430 Turner Avenue in Grand Rapids, is raising money through their website to provided free mammogram service for people.  They're also doing a workout to honor those who are fighting, those who survived and those who have lost their battle with cancer.

"Everybody knows somebody that has gone through a journey of cancer," co-owner Cori Sullivan said.

Sullivan's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

"It's a hard thing to swallow when you hear, especially your mom gets the diagnosis of breast cancer," Sullivan said.  "Not knowing what the next step is is really tough."

Andrea Andersen, a member at Crossfit 616, was diagnosed with sage 3 lymphoma just last year after having her first child.  Crossfit 616 rallied around her to help pay her medical bills.

Andersen is now in remission, and will be at Crossfit later this month for the workout.  "Barbells for Boobs" is scheduled at Crossfit 616 at 9 a.m. Oct. 29.  You can also donate to the cause here.