October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a local gymnasium in Hoboken is focusing on metastatic breast cancer awareness.
Prime Cycle hosts a breast cancer awareness fundraiser every October.
“It’s a small platform. It’s a local platform. But whatever we can do collectively to try to help women… we’re really trying to do it, ”says owner Julie Jarrett.
For every rider who wears pink for the spinning class in October, Prime Cycle will donate $ 1 to the “Pink Jar”. Members who can are also invited to contribute.
“Women need love and support – not just financially, but also from our hearts,” says Jarrett.
Jarrett has chosen this year to support research in metastatic breast cancer. She lost her good friend Laura to an incurable disease a few weeks ago.
“She was diagnosed a few years ago, went into remission. Unfortunately, it came back and it spread, ”says Jarrett. “She passed away a few weeks ago at just 55 years old.”
Metastatic means the breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. There is no cure. And nearly 100% of people diagnosed with MBC will die from it. Despite this, less than 5% of all breast cancer research funds are spent on a treatment or cure, making it more important for fundraising.
“We have to do something. We have to mobilize people to help raise funds because there is no cure, and it is mind boggling with everything that is going on in science today,” Jarrett says.
She says she aims to raise a few thousand dollars, which will be matched by the nonprofit, The Cancer Couch Foundation.