Owner of Natick Fitness Businesses Goes Against the Tide This Weekend

Joanne Schmalenberger working out. Courtesy
Joanne Schmalenberger working out. Courtesy

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding its annual, statewide Against the Tide swim, kayak, walk, and/or run fundraising events again in 2014. Proceeds benefit MBCC, which is the state’s leading breast cancer organization that seeks to understand the causes of breast cancer in order to find ways to prevent the disease. 

The Statewide Metro-Boston Against the Tide will be held for the 22nd year in a row at DCR's Hopkinton State Park (30 miles from Boston, 20 miles from Worcester) on Saturday, June 21st. The Cape Cod Against the Tide will be held for the 15th year DCR's Nickerson State Park (Brewster, MA) on Saturday, August 16th.

Joanne Schmalenberger, owner of GravOxy Fitness and Beyond Fitness in Natick is helping in a unique way at the June 21st Against the Tide event in Hopkinton. She will be leading a warm up session before the morning events using the unique fitness system called Rebounding. 

Rebounding uses equipment similar to miniature trampolines, and offers an extensive range of health benefits. By jumping on a rebounder more oxygen is circulated through the body and the lymphatic system is stimulated. By increasing the circulation in the lymphatic system, the immune system is strengthened, making fighting off diseases and destroying cancer cells easier. Other benefits of rebounding include reducing body fat, strengthening muscles, and protecting joints. 

“I’m excited to lead the rebounding warm up at the June 21st Against the Tide event,” says Joanne. “Rebounding works on body movement and getting rid of inflammation and cell damage in the body, therefore working to prevent cancer." 

“We are honored that Joanne will be supporting the June 21st event in Hopkinton and sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge,” says Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of MBCC. “This impressive woman has dedicated her life to health and the well being of others. It is inspiring to know that Joanne shares MBCC’s goal of breast cancer prevention.”

These family-friendly and inspirational events bring people from all demographics together with one goal in mind: breast cancer prevention. Both events consist of several components: competitive and recreational swim, recreational kayak, recreational walk, and competitive and recreational run. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose 1, 2, or 3 of these exciting activities. The event also offers an Aquathlon “Splash and Dash” component, where participants “splash” in the competitive 1-mile swim and immediately “dash” in the competitive 5K or 10K run (chosen by the participant).

"We are very fortunate to have such tremendous support from citizens of Massachusetts demanding greater protection of their children's future health in our effort to stop breast cancer before it starts," says MBCC's Executive Director Cheryl Osimo and Co-Founder of Silent Spring Institute. “MBCC often is overshadowed by larger, national breast cancer organizations and messages of early detection, treatment, and finding a cure. We depend on our generous media and supporters to continue our unique goal of breast cancer prevention.”

MBCC is inviting people throughout Massachusetts to register for one or both of the events at mbcc.org/swim or by calling 617-376-6222. Those who cannot attend are invited to make a pledge to a registered participant or existing team at firstgiving.com/mbcc.

Submitted by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.


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