September 22, 2008
Workout Fundraising Event to Support Prostate Cancer Research
Athletes for a Cure, a fundraising initiative of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, will host its third annual CrossFit Fight Gone Bad event to raise funds for prostate cancer research on September 27. The one-day workout puts participants through a grueling workout at CrossFit affiliates nationwide.
"Last year's event drew 400 participants at 60 CrossFit gyms across the U.S. and raised more than $277,000 for prostate cancer research," said Scott Zagarino, managing director of Athletes for a Cure and creator of the Fight Gone Bad fundraiser. "The event is not for the faint of heart. Training this way requires courage, patience and a willingness to learn."
Individuals who dare participate in Fight Gone Bad solicit donations for their participation. The workout was developed as one of the ultimate tests in the CrossFit system. It was named in honor of Jay Dee "B.J." Penn, World Lightweight Ultimate Fighting Champion. Penn, arguably one of the fittest athletes in the world, said of the workout upon its completion, "Man, it's just like a fight gone bad."
The workout fight consists of: throwing a 20-pound medicine ball against a wall eight feet high; sumo dead-lift high pulling of 75 pounds; jumping on a 20-inch box; push-pressing 75 pounds; and rowing on a stationary row machine. Each movement is done for the maximum repetitions for 1 minute with each repetition counting for a point (rowing is scored by the number of calories burned). Each of the five movement series is followed by a one minute break, and is then repeated three times to complete the workout.
In a highly competitive, yet friendly atmosphere among CrossFit affiliates, each team will try to accumulate the highest amount of repetitions possible. Prizes and special recognition are given to those teams and individuals with the highest scores after the event's conclusion.
"The entire team at CrossFit has been behind the Fight Gone Bad fundraiser from the first year. Because of the phenomenal growth and increased popularity of this workout, we're looking forward to our best year ever," added Zagarino. "If the solution to prostate cancer is a team effort, then we could ask for no more committed, courageous or enthusiastic team members than our CrossFit participants."
Interested individuals can register for the September 27th Fight Gone Bad fundraiser by going to www.athletesforacure.org. More information on the event can also be obtained by calling 541.386.5154.
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 28,000 men will die from prostate cancer in 2008 while more than 186,000 new cases will be diagnosed. With the aging baby-boomer generation, the number of new cases diagnosed annually is projected to reach 300,000 by 2015--an increase of more than 60 percent - with an accompanying annual death rate of approximately 45,000. Early detection and treatment can result in a five-year survival rate of more than 90 percent.
About Athletes for a Cure
Athletes for a Cure is a fundraising and awareness program that assists individual athletes in their quest to raise money for better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Every dollar raised from the program goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The online program provides athletes with multiple tools to create a home in the athletic and fundraising community. Registered participants can upload photos, personal stories and race information on their own page; set donation goals; send emails to their friends and family through the "Friends Asking Friends" network; and watch as their donations climb. For more information, visit www.athletesforacure.org.
About the Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate cancer strikes one out of every six American men. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research to discover better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer. PCF pursues its mission by reaching out to individuals, corporations and others to harness society's resources--financial and human--to fight this deadly disease. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised $350 million and provided funding for more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF has been a pioneer in the grant making process, simplifying paperwork for grantees, leaving more time for scientific investigators to conduct needed research. The PCF also advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more government resources, resulting in a twenty-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer. More information about PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.