Breast Cancer Dance-a-Thon October 10th to Support Local Activist

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From Andrea Orlando:

Join New Jerseyʼs premier Zumba and belly dance instructors on Sunday, October 10 in North Edison for a dance-athon for breast cancer. Zumba instructors Andrea Orlando and Liza Aninipot and belly dance sensation Warren Mayorga will lead participants through two exhilarating hours of hip-shaking, heart-pumping fun in the parking lot of Curves of North Edison from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which raises money for education, outreach and diagnostic services.

Tune is planning the event in support of Curves member Mary Jo Barnello, who plans to trek more than 39 miles through New York City in the Avon Walk on October 16 and 17. This will be the Metuchen residentʼs 3rd year walking. Last year she raised more than $11,000, approximately $3,000 more than she had raised the year before.

Barnello began participating in the walk after she lost a close friend to breast cancer. She has since begun to take requests from friends and acquaintances to dedicate her walk to them as well. Barnello has her grandchildren write each name on a pink sticky note heart and strings each heart to a pink crochet yarn strand. She said she is "famous" for her necklace which has grown from one to three strands to accommodate all the hearts.

"These names are given to me by people everywhere and are a constant reminder of why I am doing this," Barnello wrote in an e-mail.Barnello gets into physical condition for the event by working out at Curves. "I have been blessed with good health improved by working out at Curves," she said.

Tune said she is excited to help organize this event. The cause is very dear to her heart as she walked with Barnello on her first walk in honor and memory of many friends and members touched by this awful disease.

Curves is located at 3 Stephenville Parkway, Edison 08820, which is at the corner of Stephenville Parkway and Park Avenue. Registration is $20 and must be done in person either the morning of the event or the day before at Curves. Please call Curves of North Edison owner Lilly Tune at (732) 632-2025 for further information. Participants are asked to dress in comfortable layers and be prepared to move. Everyone is welcome to participate. Dancing is not mandatory, and participants are welcome to move as much or as little as they choose. Anyone who simply wishes to make a donation may call Tune for details on how to do so.

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