The Pink Patch Project held the CrossFit for a Cure event Sunday morning in Long Beach.
Started back in 2013, The Pink Patch Project is a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating the disease.
“The Pink Patch Project has grown from one agency to over 450 across the country with having three internationals which include Spain, France, and Canada,” said Dominic Sarabia, Civilian Community Service Officer at Seal Beach Police Dept. “Each year we grow more and more as other agencies come on-board to this project,” he added.
A donation of $25, participants gathered at the No Limit Sports and Fitness Academy to help raise money for a cause doing obstacle course racing and hybrid CrossFit training. All proceeds go to The City of Hope Medical Center.
Nahin Anaya-Zavala, a detention officer at Long Beach Police Dept. and owner of 1941 Apparel organized the event.
“On behalf of my company, I reached out to Coach Alisha and brought the idea in doing an event to benefit breach cancer awareness and the Pink Patch Project,” said Anaya.
Owner of No Limit Sports and Fitness Academy, Alisha Lopez, is a nationally certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor who teamed up with Anaya to make CrossFit for a Cure happen.
“I lost my cousin about six months ago from breast cancer, and Nahin reached out to me about three weeks ago about the idea,” said Lopez. “It’s a great community event that I love and this is what this gym is about bringing people together, especially when it’s something for a great cause,” she added.
Locals from Long Beach and various cities joined in on the fun by getting their sweat on by doing these high-intensity workouts, or simply by showing up and checking out vendors such as food, apparel, and accessories to show their support.
Mariscos Yesenia was among one of the food vendors that came out to support the cause. Selling homemade mariscos and agua fresca prepared by the small business owner, Yesenia Vizcarra.
“He goes by the name of “Horsey Horseshoe,’’ who promotes local businesses and reached out to us wanting to try our mariscos and told me about the event,” said Vizcarra. “We’re all about breast cancer awareness, which is why we’re here,” she added.
If you were unable to attend this event, there is still a chance to help. To join the fight visit www.pinkpatchproject.com to make a donation.
By Geraldine Goicochea