An hour of girl power

It was an hour of women’s power at the ARC in Camana Bay Saturday as more than 200 women wearing pink took to the pilates mats to raise money for local breast cancer patients.  

October is Breast Cancer Month and to raise funding and awareness of the disease ENERGY Essential Fitness hosts an hour-long group pilates workout “Pretty in Pink” every year.  

“All the women power and the awareness is so important, people telling their stories helps more people be more aware and get checked earlier, and lowers the risk of recurrence and catching it early,” said Colleen Brummer, cancer survivor, and founder of the initiative. 

Two hundred and twenty women registered for the fundraiser, now in its eighth year, raising at least $6,000, which will go to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. 

“All our money that we raise goes to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and although we are here to bring awareness about breast cancer, it is just a very expensive time in people’s lives to have to go through cancer and cancer treatments,” Ms. Brummer said. 

The one-hour-workout, suitable for all ages, involved pilates moves combined with exercises from ENERGY’s Total Barre and Zenga stretch classes. 

“Pilates for Pink started with 25 people in a small studio and has grown to have over 200 participants and raises thousands of dollars for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society,” Ms. Brummer said. “The event strives to raise awareness of breast cancer and helps provide financial aid for local cancer patients and their families.” 

After breaking a sweat during the workout, Ms. Brummer encouraged all the participants to eat a free pink cupcake. 

Girl-Power

Colleen Brummer leads the class through plenty of Pilates poses. – PHOTO: SAMANTHA BONHAM