Raising the bar in the fight against cancer

by Community Submission | May 31, 2013


CrossFit Sudbury member Alicia MacPherson performs an exercise. The gym will host Battle Beyond the Barbell, a fundraising event for the Janis Foligno Foundation, June 1. PHOTO BY LAUREL MYERS

A local group of fitness enthusiasts from CrossFit Sudbury will be raising the bar, literally, with a fundraising event on June 1 — Battle Beyond the Barbell — in support of the Janis Foligno Foundation.

“We are holding this event for two reasons,” said CrossFit Sudbury owner, Dr. Adam Ball. “We want to promote physical fitness as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but we also want to make a difference in the community by raising funds for a cause that is close to our hearts and to many in Greater Sudbury who have been affected by cancer.”

The event will include a traditional CrossFit competition for gym members as well as various “Test Your Fitness” activities for the general public, with prizes for the winners. There will also be a barbeque sponsored by Pillars Meats and paleo-friendly desserts made by Cindy’s Gluten Free Bakehouse. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win an autographed jersey and hockey stick from Nick and Marcus Foligno, NHL stars and sons of the late Janis Foligno.

“I’m really happy to see that CrossFit Sudbury is partnering up to raise funds for my mom’s foundation,” Nick said. “It’s great to see the community stay healthy and support this worthwhile cause.”

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the new CrossFit Sudbury Gym, located in the West End Industrial Park, 1351-E Kelly Lake Road, Unit 7.

“When we planned the grand opening for the new gym, our members and staff decided it would be fun to show people what CrossFit is, while supporting a great cause,” Ball said. “Through Battle Beyond the Barbell, we hope to inspire people of all ability levels to be more active, whether it be through CrossFit or at home in their living rooms. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and that’s what CrossFit is all about.”

CrossFit, a relatively new and popular type of fitness regime, is made up of a community of people who despite their highly varied backgrounds, are united in their endeavour to get and stay healthy. Building strength, flexibility and general fitness is appropriate for people of all ages and abilities.

The Janis Foligno Foundation (est. 2010) was created in memory of Janis Foligno, who passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer in July 2009. To date, the Janis Foligno Foundation has supported various charities including the Sudbury Regional Hospital Foundation’s Breast Cancer Equipment Fund, the Vale Hospice, Meals on Wheels and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

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