MILLBURY, Mass. — More than two dozen women turned out Friday night in Millbury for an active dance workout to help raise money for a disease that slowly robs people of all muscle control.
The Zumbathon at Krave Fitness in the Felters Mill was focused on raising funds to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neuromuscular degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
About 30 women signed up for the event and were treated to spirited, fun and physically demanding dance routine for a great cause.
Leah Santello, owner of Krave Fitness, decided to put on the fundraiser after learning about ALS from one of her dance instructors who lost a family member to the insidious disease. “It isn’t about how many people we get, it’s about getting the word out about the disease and making a small contribution to finding a cure,” said Santello, a nationally ranked fitness instructor and competitor. She said she was encouraged at the turn-out and, after greeting all of the dancers, she turned it over to her instructor and joined in for the class.
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends international music and contagious steps. Started in Cali, Colombia, in 2001, Zumba has grown to become the world's largest dance-fitness program, with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly classes in more than 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.
Click on the You Tube video to catch a glimpse of the dancing at Krave.
To learn more about ALS, check this website.
For more details on Krave Fitness, visit their Facebook page.