NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- October is breast cancer awareness month and many organizations are doing their part to raise money for research. CrossFit New Haven is kicking off a fundraiser where women can get a workout and mammography screening.
They're raising money to help uninsured and underinsured women get that much needed mammogram for early detection.
"Let's start with the clean and jerk for barbells for boobs on Sunday," said Carla O'Brien, CrossFit New Haven.
They got warmed up, stretching and lifting for a great cause.
Barbells for Boobs raises money for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women.
It's the fourth year Carla O'Brien, owner of CrossFit New Haven, is hosting it.
"We have a very young population in our gym. Most of our members are under the age of 40. This just hit home when I met the woman who started Barbells for Boobs who was only 26-years-old, such an early age to be diagnosed with breast cancer," said O'Brien
Breast Cancer Survivor Megan Adams was also diagnosed at 26-years-old.
"I found the lump myself," said Adams.
That led to paying for her first mammogram.
"I was 26, I was not a risk and my insurance company said it was not something they would pay for," said Adams.
Self-exams and mammograms are key to detecting breast cancer early.
"Overall one in eight women in their lifetime will be affected by this disease but obviously the early detection has started to increase survival rates and it's really all about early detection," said Dr. Deborah Pan, Esana Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Deborah Pan a plastic and reconstructive surgeon says healthy living also factors in.
"They've shown that exercise and keeping a healthy lifestyle, a good diet, and controlling your weight are all factors that play into possibly preventing the risk of breast cancer," said Pan.
Expect a strength workout at Barbells for Boobs with participants doing the clean and jerk.
"Its basically as fast as possible in 30 reps," said O'Brien.
With modifications so that anyone can sign up.
"Everything is scale-able, modifiable. We'll do dumbbells. We'll do PVC pipes-plumbing pipes from Home Depot. We'll put them in your hand and you'll do the same amount of reps with no weight," said O'Brien.
All this to educate and enable women like Megan Adams to overcome breast cancer.
The event is this Sunday from nine to noon.
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