The South County Battle of the Gyms is well underway and approaching the halfway point. Contestants from local cities and towns meet weekly, and in some cases daily, to train and learn to be a healthy, happier group of people.
Local contestants are pumped up and feeling good, not only about getting healthier but knowing they are doing a better good for the community.
The community is filled with people who are affected by the economy as well as that awful “C” word, Cancer, and could use a glimmer of hope, just by knowing that there are people who do care and are willing to lend a helping hand, people keep up the good fight.
The South County Battle of the Gyms contest encourages local residents to join in the effort to stop hunger and fight cancer as well.
River Bend Athletic Club and South County Sports Performance have stepped up and put their “best” to work in training thirty contestants in an effort to raise community awareness for a healthy living lifestyle as well as lending a helping hand to local non-profit groups.
The American Cancer Society is holding the 27th annual Relay For Life on June 10th through the 11th, and this year an event is being held at Old Mountain Field. located in the center of Wakefield, this is also the place where where the Battle of the Gyms contestants will hold their final weigh-ins.
Contestants are also encouraged to become a team member for Relay For Life, Battle of the Gyms Team and by doing so are also helping in the fight against hunger.
This year the event donations in the form of canned goods will benefit The Welcome House and The Jonny Cake Center of Peace Dale. The Relay For Life is accepting donations of canned good to be used for the Luminary Bags - afterwards the goods will be delivered to families in need.
During signups for South County Battle of the Gyms at Bagelz in Wakefield, contestant Grace Wheelan walked through the door aiming to participate. Wheelan is a nine-year Cancer Survivor tells her story of Survivorship.
“First and foremost I am grateful for being alive after going through two surgeries, four chemotherapies and thirty radiation treatments,” Wheelan said when she joined.
Wheelan and her family have been involved with The American Cancer Society for over fifty years, that support began when her sister passed away at the age of fourteen from Leukemia.
Come join South Kingstown Patch and learn her story follow the Battle of the Gyms. This weekend is the Half-Way Weigh-In, see who’s who and done what.
If you are interested in joining the fight against Cancer and Hunger join the members of the Battle Of the Gyms on June 10 and 11.