Dance to Beat Breast Cancer Event at Curves in Edison Sunday

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From Andrea Orlando:

Join New Jerseyʼs hottest fitness and dance instructors on Sunday, September 18th in Edison to raise money for breast cancer.

This yearʼs 2nd annual Dance to Beat Breast Cancer will take place at the parking lot of the Curves of Stephenville Parkway in Edison. Zumba instructors will lead participants through two exhilarating hours of hip shaking, heart-pumping fun. Included in the lineup are Zumba instructors Serena Powell, Andrea Orlando, Shakira Morgan, Warren Mayorga and Liza Aninipot. The festivities will also include raffles, prizes, belly dancing and a new Polynesian dance presentation. All procedes will go towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer which donates money for education, outreach and diagnostic services.

Curves is located at 3 Stephenville Parkway, Edison, 08820, which is at the corner of Park Avenue and Stephenville Parkway. The event will run from 11 until 1, but please arrive at 10:30 if you have not pre-registered. The rain date is October 2. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. To pre-register contact Lilly Tune at (732) 632-2025.

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.

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 15 and 16. This will be the Metuchen residentʼs 4th year walking. Last year the Curves event contributed $1,700 to Barnelloʼs fundraising efforts for a total of $14,000.

Barnello began participating in the walk after she lost a close friend to the disease. She now walks in memory of friends and acquaintances who request to be included, and the list just keeps getting longer. Barnello has her grandchildren write each name on a pink sticky note and string each heart-shaped note to a pink crochet yarn strand. She said she is famous for her necklace, which has grown from one to three strands to accomodate 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 the cause is dear to her because she walked with Barnello four years ago to honor the memory of friends and family members who died after battling breast cancer.

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