‘Lifting for Lymphoma’

Although going to the gym is rarely a fun task, at least 50 individuals expect to have a good time sweating it out for a worthy cause this Saturday at Peak Physique’s Lifting for Lymphoma fund-raiser in Greenwich.

Led by Peak Physique fitness trainer Patrick McGovern, participants in the event, which will take place Sept. 29 at 50 Holly Hill Lane, will spend one hour doing a circuit training that includes five stations with a personal trainer at each one as a means of raising money for those without health insurance who are battling lymphoma and other blood cancers.

The concept for the event began with Mr. McGovern, whose wife was diagnosed with lymphoma sixth months ago, just sixth months after the couple had their first child.

“It was a life changer,” he said.

Describing the grueling trips back and forth to New York City for chemotherapy, Mr. McGovern said he and his wife began considering how difficult life must be for those suffering from cancer who don’t have health insurance.

It was then that Mr. McGovern got in touch with the Lymphoma Society of Fairfield to set up Lifting for Lymphoma as a means of raising awareness and assisting those affected by the disease, he said.

The fund-raiser is designed for people of all fitness levels and is meant to be a fun event, not a difficult one, Mr. McGovern explained.

Participants will perform 30 seconds of exercise then 10 to 20 seconds of rest at each circuit station. During the rest period, participants will switch exercises and after 10 minutes, an air horn will sound, signaling a transition to the next station.

In an effort to raise further funds, Mr. McGovern will also perform a fitness challenge at the event, which was originally meant to be the focus of the fund-raiser.

He later decided to get “more specific” and involve others, he explained, but will additionally perform his one-hour challenge in hopes of getting more donations.

The workout will be based on five different exercises in which he will perform as many repetitions as possible in one-minute time frames with a 30-second rest between each exercise. He will continue this until the end of the one-hour session and can be sponsored per rep he completes or through a flat donation. The trainer is expected to perform a staggering 650 to 750 reps in the one-hour period.

Also attending the event will be representatives from Be the Match, who will accept individuals willing to donate to the stem cell bone marrow registry. The process involves a simple, pain-free swab inside the cheek. The donor is then placed into a registry database that may be accessed by anyone in the world needing a bone marrow or stem cell donor.

Be the Match is an organization close to Mr. McGovern’s heart, he said, as is wife will soon need a stem cell transplant and the couple will rely on the registry to receive it.

Initially, it was hoped that Lifting for Lymphoma would raise $5,000, Mr. McGovern said. Fortunately, through the event’s online donation site that amount has already been received and organizers now hope to reach $10,000, all of which will be donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The event costs $40 and members of the community are still encouraged to attend, even if they have not signed up.

Free food and beverages will be served immediately following the event and non-members of the gym will receive a special offer and free tours and consultation from Peak Physique.

Lifting for Lymphoma will take place Sept. 29 from noon to 1:30 at Peak Physique. Those who wish to make a donation may do so at ct.support.llsevent.org/liftingforlymphoma.

 

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