Gymnasts compete at Unite for HER
Pictured L-R, back row: Dr. Kathleen Mueller, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Amy Buzzell, Director- Special Events, Grants & Operations, Saint Francis Foundation; Alissa Bonsall, Maureen Chagnon, Hailey Fox, Sue Weldon, Founder of Unite for HER and longtime gymnastics coach; and Laura Bailey, Executive Director, Women’s & Infants Service Line, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Front row, L-R: Cassidy Girolamo, Austynn Lacasse, Sarah Proulx, Taylor Pitchell, Sharon O’Brien, Manager, Center for Integrative Medicine at Saint Francis; Lorraine Greenfield, MAT, art therapist at the Center for Integrative Medicine.
Conn. July 30, 2015) - This past spring, gymnasts from
Gymnastics Express in Newington and Glastonbury participated in the annual
Unite for HER Pink Invitational and selected Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center to be the recipient of a $3,000
grant. This is the third
consecutive year that Gymnastics Express has won the Above and Beyond Challenge and have donated $9,000 for programs to
benefit cancer patients utilizing services at Saint Francis’ Center for
Integrative Medicine. The Pink Invitational is a three-day competition where
athletes compete in a sport they love while supporting breast cancer
initiatives and learning about the importance lifelong wellness. The meet has raised over $1 million to
finance Unite for HER programs. Each year nearly 3,000 gymnasts participate and
over 8,000 attendees gather in unity to honor and celebrate the lives of those
affected by breast cancer.
Unite for HER is a
Pennsylvania-based nonprofit breast cancer organization that educates young women
about breast cancer and wellness. Since 2009, Unite for HER has worked to bridge the
gap between the medical and wellness communities by educating women diagnosed
with breast cancer about complementary therapies, providing them with a
compassionate resource for support, knowledge and healing.