After losing her cousin, a 30-year-old mom, to breast cancer, a trip to Richmond to work up a sweat in support of cancer research seemed like the least Vernon’s Lana Polman-Tuin could do to give back.
“That’s too young. It was just so heartbreaking,” said Lana, who is currently raising funds alongside her daughter and the rest of the Dream Team for the Workout to Conquer Cancer March 8 in Richmond.
“This is a way of giving back and keeping ourselves healthy.”
This will be the second year she has taken part in the event, a fun fitness challenge, with her daughter Kala Polman-Tuin.
Kala, a Kidston and Kalamalka grad who now lives in the Lower Mainland, introduced her mom to the event when it first started last year.
“It was a good excuse to go down and see her and it turned into something more,” said Lana, a Royal LePage Vernon realtor and authorized dealer for Nelson Homes.
As a yoga and bootcamp teacher, 27-year-old Kala helped organize the event and ended up landing a job with the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
“It’s a tough workout, it’s a tough day,” said Kala, adding that it’s all worth it considering the cause. “It’s amazing, amazing research.”
Last year’s event (Bust a Move) raised about $500,000 thanks to the nearly 400 pink-clad participants and supporters.
“We’re certainly looking to grow participant levels and grow the event itself,” said Kala.
This year’s event has eight fitness sessions, including hip hop, Zumba, yoga, kick boxing and headliner Tommy Europe with his Shred Bootcamp.
Although the day can prove to be a challenge, there are variations for all fitness levels, along with breaks, food and even free massage.
“You don’t have to be super fit,” said Kala.
Teams raise funds under the B.C. Cancer Foundation umbrella, which goes toward the B.C. Cancer research and support.
For more information, to take part or support a participant, visit workouttoconquercancer.ca.