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Match for a Treatment this Saturday – jj

Match for a Treatment this Saturday


 On Saturday, July 27, the public is invited to Fit for the Cure, an event focused on health that will raise money for cancer research. 

 From 8 a.m. to noon, at the Fenton High School track and field, participants can do a number of fitness activities, all to raise money for Michigan hospitals. A cancer survivor walk will take place at 11:45 a.m. 

 The event is put on by Engage Community Organization (ECO), which is part of The Freedom Center. All proceeds will go to U CAN-CER VIVE Foundation, whose mission is to “provide vital funding for cancer research grants so that someday we can all live in a cancer free world,” according to ucancervive.com. 

 U CAN-CER VIVE was created by Kelley LaFontaine and Ryan LaFontaine, sibling owners of LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Fenton, in 2016, but the 501(c)(3) was seven years in the making. Ryan is a cancer survivor. 

 “Every dollar we receive, 100 percent of it goes right to research here in Michigan,” Kelley LaFontaine said. 

 U CAN-CER-VIVE donates the money to Michigan hospitals, including Beaumont Health, CS Mott Children’s Hospital and Henry Ford Health System. So far in 2019, the organization has donated more than $700,000. Their goal is to raise a million dollars by the end of the year. 

 At Fit for the Cure on Saturday, participants can join in the runathon/walkathon, which takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 Activities include guided meditation with Vibewell, a session by person trainer Ken Hill of Complete Performance, Pilates with Primary Prevention-Physiotherapy, Zumba with Abby & Romina, a planking contest, Boomers Bootcamp, a kids boot camp, yoga with Divine Yoga and more. Kids can also dance with superheroes. 

 Each session is $10. A day pass is $50. 

 “It’s a family friendly event. We want to make sure it’s family based. We really want people to come out and bring their kids,” Kelley LaFontaine said. “It’s about uniting families and showing support.”

 The activities are all fitness centered as a way to promote preventative-based healthcare. 

 Those involved in the committee for the event have all been affected by cancer in some way, whether they’re a survivor or have a relative who is. 

 “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the committee and their support. We’re so proud of them. They just want to give back,” she said. 

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