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Getting strong to fight breast cancer

Danville gym raises thousands in workout competition

Members of Crossfit Danville are some of the strongest in the nation, according to results from a workout competition that raised money to fund breast cancer screening.

The Danville gym raised more than $6,500 in October and on Oct. 20 participated in a competition to benefit "Barbells For Boobs," a nonprofit that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services for low-income and uninsured women and men.

Crossfit members did a workout called "Grace," which is 30 Clean and Jerks for time at 135lbs for men and 95lbs for women, with heats every 10 minutes. Participants created a profile on the Barbells website to join the Crossfit Danville team and fundraise.

Fifty-three members participated in the competition and raised $12,262, the 10th largest donation of 829 participating gyms nationwide. Funds will be donated to Mammograms in Action, a subsidiary program of Barbells For Boobs, which provides grants to community based breast centers and collaborates with nationally recognized breast health care organizations.

"Because of our incredible community we blew our fundraising goal of $5,000 out of the water," Crossfit's website stated. "Events like this remind us of what an amazing and powerful community we have."

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