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Breast Cancer Beatdown set for Sept. 28 at University Church of Christ


The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center and the RISE Center have partnered to create a new community fitness event that will celebrate breast cancer survivors, promote early detection and raise money for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund.

 Breast Cancer Beatdown will be Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at University Church of Christ. Beatdown is a reference to POUND® fitness, which is aerobics done with drumsticks for all levels of fitness. 

University of Alabama Gymnastics Head Coach Dana Duckworth and Dawn Sandel of the RISE Center are gearing up for the Breast Cancer Beatdown event which will raise money for the DCH Breast Cancer Fund.

Jana Smith, Manderson Cancer Center outreach coordinator, said Dawn Sandel from RISE sponsored a POUND for Pink event for that organization earlier this year. University of Alabama Gymnastic Head Coach Dana Duckworth, Sandel and Smith decided to adapt the POUND concept for breast cancer awareness when they realized an annual breast cancer walk would no longer take place in Tuscaloosa.

 “We need a community event that allows breast cancer survivors the opportunity to connect with other survivors, to be encouraged and know that we support their fight,” Smith said.

Breast Cancer Beatdown will celebrate survivors, educate about early detection and raise funds for women in West Alabama through the DCH Breast Cancer Fund, Smith said.

Duckworth will address the crowd, and Shelton State Community College cheerleaders will kick off the event. The programming includes mini sessions of POUND® fitness, a selfie station, children’s activities, survivor stories and education about early detection. There is also an elevated, indoor track for attendees who prefer to walk.

Participants may register individually or as a team online (suggested $10 donation includes a T-shirt) or on the day of the event. No one will be turned away, but T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who register online by Friday, Sept. 13.

Donations directly impact women in West Alabama. The DCH Breast Cancer Fund provides free Breast Screenings each year to uninsured women in West Alabama. In the last year, the Breast Cancer Fund provided over 420 mammograms, ultrasounds, and surgical referrals to women who could not have received these important services otherwise.

A peer-to-peer support program, Behind the Ribbon, is also made possible by the DCH Breast Fund. This important program provides resources by way of a personal visit with a breast cancer survivor. The Breast Cancer Fund also supports the monthly IMPACT (Identifying Many Positives After Cancer Treatment) breast cancer support group.

Visit to register and for more information.

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