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Residents Zumba to Fundraise for Neighbor’s Cancer Bills

About 80 people worked out to raise money for a Western Springs woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2012.

Western Springs’ Village Club on Wednesday night hosted a Zumba event to raise money for the medical bills of a Village resident who spent most of 2012 fighting breast cancer.

Organizers wouldn’t say how much money was raised for Danielle Pender, of Western Springs, but about 80 locals pitched in donations to join the floor, where local instructor Megan Albee ran the hour-long exercise session.

“I think it’s very rare to find an activity that people of all ages can truly enjoy, and being able to come together and have everyone do one hour of Zumba fitness honoring someone’s cancer journey is quite something,” Albee said.

Honoring the journey because, after chemotherapy and other procedures, Pender is now in full remission. She appeared at the event and spoke after the workout session.

Albee did say that the fundraiser was a success both financially and emotionally.

“It exceeded our expectations threefold,” he said. “Everybody felt the energy and the positive experience that we were all sharing together.”

She also thanked the Village Club for hosting the event.

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Josie February 08, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Danielle is a wonderful positive sparkling women! I am so happy so many came out to support her and her family.
Julie Burke February 08, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I doubt she was diagnosed in the spring of 2013.
Darren McRoy February 08, 2013 at 05:56 PM
As always, thank you for catching my typo!
danielle pender February 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Thanks Megan Albee, Village Club, and everyone who came out to Zumba! Thank you for your generosity, it has helped alleviate a stress in our lives that we can do without. Beyond the financial help, the selfless caring fills us with a wonderful feeling of true humanity. If you missed it, or had fun and want to do it again, Megan has a zumba class every Wednesday at the Village Club at 7pm. It's my favorite medicine!

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