All-day fitness event works up a sweat for cancer research

Carolyn Atwal and her husband Manprit Atwal (centre) were among some 500 individuals who worked up a sweat at the BC Cancer Foundation's third Workout to Conquer Cancer Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The event raised $360,000 for life-saving cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. (Photo: Richmond Review archive)

Carolyn Atwal and her husband Manprit Atwal (centre) were among some 500 individuals who worked up a sweat at the BC Cancer Foundation’s third Workout to Conquer Cancer Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The event raised $360,000 for life-saving cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency. (Photo: Richmond Review archive)

The BC Cancer Foundation raised $360,000 for life-saving cancer research at its third Workout to Conquer Cancer event Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Five hundred people signed up for the day-long fitness challenge to take part in the most meaningful workout of their lives.

Inspired to participate after recently being diagnosed with breast cancer, Carolyn Atwal powered her way through several fitness challenges including Zumba, retro arerobics, yoga, and boxing.

The athletic mother with a toddler was diagnosed six months ago while in early stages of pregnancy with her second child.

“I’m young, and you don’t expect to get cancer at this age,” says the 36-year-old, who is committed to seeing her kids grow up and ridding her body of the disease.

Atwal registered for Workout to Conquer Cancer because she wanted to “do something” empowering. As someone who works-out regularly she thought the event was a great fit. Through her network of family and friends she raised $2,700 for cancer research.

“Hopefully in the next year I’ll be cancer free. I just want to live for my babies,” says Atwal.

In three years, Workout to Conquer Cancer has raised over $1 million, providing researchers at the BC Cancer Agency with the platforms, people and power to rapidly respond to areas of research with the most promise in improving cancer outcomes.

“With every crunch and lunge, we witnessed a powerful expression of the commitment we share in ensuring more and more British Columbians can say three important words: I’m still here,” said Douglas Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the BC Cancer Foundation as he thanked and congratulated participants.

The dollars raised at the event will be put to work supporting projects of the highest priority, including the development of new therapeutics to help in the effort to stop metastatic disease in its tracks.

For more information visit workouttoconquercancer.ca.

Originally published in the Apr. 29, 2015 issue.

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Erin Boe is a journalism student at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C.
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