Marietta cancer fundraiser moves to new venue

Rachel Burnham, of Lowell, will lead with two other POUND instructors Saturday the fourth annual POUND for Pink event at Rockstar Wellness in Marietta. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

MARIETTA – Rocking out with Ripstix, a steady beat and a mission Saturday, the fourth annual POUND for Pink event has a new venue in Marietta this year.

“We’ll be doing a 45-minute setlist, this time outside of Rockstar Wellness, where my husband and I are opening up our wellness community gym by the end of the year,” said Rachel Burnham, of Lowell.

Burnham is a certified group fitness instructor and local dance teacher.

For the last four years, she has partnered with the Los Angeles-based company POUND and rocked out with drum sticks and individuals of all fitness levels.

Saturday admission donations for a POUND class run by Burnham, Amber Newlon, of Reno, and Sara Stutzman, of Belpre, will go to the Strecker Cancer Center Breast Fund.

Rachel Burnham, right, and Jennifer Hundley, left, rock out in a POUND class at the O’Neill Center Wednesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

“Everyone has been touched by breast cancer or knows someone in their family or friends who has been impacted,” said Burnham. “Events like this, where we can release some negative energy and come together as a community for a common cause, that’s what Rockstar’s whole mission is based on.”

Jennifer Hundley, of Marietta, is often in attendance at Burnham’s classes and said Wednesday she plans to attend Saturday’s fundraiser, too.

“I like the workout, it keeps me active because I do it more than once a week,” she said. “And it’s fun.”

But more than just a way to be active, to bring a friend and wear pink–the day is also to recognize cancer warriors and survivors.

“We’re having snacks and a bit of recognition after the class in the back part of the gym,” explained Burnham. “There’ll be a prize raffle and a tribute time to all of the women we know who are fighting or have fought breast cancer,” said Burnham. “And we’re going to have Registered Nurse Toni Ligas there from Strecker to talk with us about getting checked and staying healthy, too.”

For Tara Hays, 49, of Newport, attending the fundraiser is personal.

“I found out in February 2018 that I had breast cancer,” she explained. “But around that time, we were getting ready for my daughter’s wedding and didn’t want to overshadow that.”

So stalling letting friends know until genetic testing came back and the wedding festivities were complete, Hays’ surgery came as somewhat of a shock to friends and family.

“Mine was caught early with that mammogram, all we had to do was a small lumpectomy and radiation,” she explained. “I got the genetic tests back on the Friday after her wedding, and I was in surgery the following Monday at Strecker.”

Now, to give back to the center, which guided her through that time, brings the issue full circle.

“To raise awareness and really talk about early detection and talk about how not bad mammograms are, that’s important to me,” she said.

Saturday, the fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Rockstar Wellness, 225 Second St., Marietta.

Janelle Patterson can be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.


If You Go…

* What: POUND for Pink, breast cancer awareness fundraiser

* When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon

* Where: Rockstar Wellness, 225 Second St., Marietta

* Donations to benefit the Strecker Cancer Center Breast Fund


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