YWCA Raises Money to Support Breast Cancer Education and Research

By Shaunna Cullen

Participants in this year’s Pedal for Pink Spinathon spun the morning away to raise money to benefit the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CTBHI) and local breast cancer research and education.

Teams of four switched off every hour, teams of two split the four-hour event between them, and single riders pushed through the whole four-hour event. Spinners listened to music, played trivia games, and enjoyed refreshments and giveaways all for a great cause.

Spinners asked family, friends, and coworkers to support them by donating through their Crowdrise pages throughout the entire month of October through the close of the event.

Fitness member Kelly Selander said she has a great time spinning as a single rider, “I'm lucky friends and family have been generous and giving when I fundraise for the event. I pedaled all four hours. The instructors, games, and music kept me pumped.”

Several participants shared personal and moving stories about the loved ones they were pedaling for. The Executive Director of the CTBHI Joyce Bray, and CTBHI board members attended the event as well, pedaling alongside teams and bringing a greater connection to those who were raising money for the agency.

“The final hour is always my favorite,” said Community Wellness Director Valerie Cammarota, “People really band together, no matter how tired they are, and push themselves to the end. It’s also the hour that donations seem to shoot up, as family and friends read the energy and urgency of the final push on social media.”

Pedal for Pink was sponsored by Powerful Purpose, a business that helps professional women and female entrepreneurs with time management, work-life balance, and goal achievement. Founder and CEO Pamela Drzewiecki said she wanted to sponsor this event for two reasons: she has members of her own family who have had breast cancer, and she wants to support women’s organizations. “I thought being the sponsor was a good way to continue my mission – which is to connect with, work with, or serve 2,500 women by 2020.”

YWCA New Britain would like to thank Powerful Purpose, the CTBHI, the spinners, and all the people who made donations to help us fight breast cancer.