Zumbathon helps raise money for cancer

Zumbathon raises money for cancer

Music filled the Odell Weeks fitness center while men and woman of all ages danced for a good cause.

"We're having fun, we are giving back to our community and its kind of what zumba is."

Jamie Turner, executive director of the savannah river cancer foundation teamed up with a local zumba instructor, Brayan Negrete for the first ever zumbathon for cancer.

"We help local cancer patients with the cost of their cancer medication and with transportation to and from their oncology appointments and treatments," Turner told WFXG.

For only ten dollars, folks got to show off their best moves and dance the night away.

"Its helping other people and you're helping yourself at the same time, especially a zumbathon like this. You're helping yourself by doing the zumba for two hours and your money is helping other people as well," said frequent zumba dancer Dustin Turner.

When Negrete learned he could help raise money for cancer patients by instructing a class, was all in.

"Its great to be able to give back to our community using something that just comes naturally to me and I feel just great just giving back to our community," said Negrete.

An official with GRU said the zumbathon is one of the best ways to encourage healthy behaviors, while raising money for local people with cancer.

"We know that overweight and obesity is a risk factor for cancer so we're here encouraging exercise, having fun in the process is a great way to get people engaged and to provide education," said Christine O'Mera, director of cancer information awareness at GRU.

All proceeds are going to benefit cancer patients in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, and Edgefield counties.