Pilates class raises money for cancer research

Sunday, October 17, 2010 | 5:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —Twenty-five women exercised their minds and bodies during Pink to the Core on Sunday.

Formally called Pilates for Pink, Pink to the Core is an hour-long pilates course held in the Brewer Fieldhouse at MU. The class was free, but student organizers sold $1 raffle tickets and T-shirts to raise money for the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and the Wyatt Guest House.

The annual event, organizers said, was a good opportunity to help cancer research, especially when the research was being done locally.

"Ellis Fischel is local, and it's in the community," Angela Bozsa, a Pink to the Core organizer, said. "We see where the money is going, and who it has helped."

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 207,090 women will be diagnosed and 39,840 of those will die from breast cancer in 2010.

Nancy Gore, a registered nurse at Ellis Fischel, attended the event on Sunday to explain information about breast cancer.

"These programs are great. (Breast cancer) is not the big, dark, dirty secret it used to be," Gore said.

Money raised from Pink to the Core, at least $80 from the raffle tickets, was donated to Ellis Fischel and will be used to purchase new equipment and cover expenses for breast cancer patients that some insurance companies won't, including expenses for wigs and prosthetic breasts. Portions of the money will be used to support the Wyatt Guest House — a house on the west end of the cancer center where patients who need daily radiation may stay.

Money from these types of fundraisers, Gore said, will also pay for mammograms for many women who can't afford insurance.

"With the economy, we are seeing a lot more people in that boat," she said.

MU sophomore Sarah Castellanos took the pilates class and said she learned a lot about breast cancer as well.

Castellanos thought it was interesting that, if a woman has a relative that had been diagnosed with breast cancer, that woman should be screened for breast cancer beginning when she is 10 years younger than the relative when she was diagnosed.

"My aunt had breast cancer, and my great grandma died of breast cancer," Castellanos said.

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