Jazzercise and Zumba and CF
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I went to my first Jazzercise class tonight. I had purchased a 10 class groupon a couple months back, but I hadn't yet found the time (ok - made the time) to go check it out. Finally did tonight, since the groupon needed to be activated soon. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but it ended up being similar to my usual Zumba class. Maybe not quick as intensive for as long, but it was definitely a good workout. I have 9 more classes to attend in the next 6 months, so we'll see how I feel after that. It worked out that the class I attended is on Tuesday's, since my usual Zumba instructor teaches about 30 minutes away on Tuesday. This is definitely a more convenient option for me for Tuesdays.
Last night I went back to Melinda's Zumba class. I had tried her class probably a year ago when she was teaching at a school up the street from me. It was a Monday class when my usual class wasn't being held (first Monday of the month we don't have class). But then she wasn't getting turn out, so stopped teaching there. I had lost track of where she was teaching until I was checking out zumba.com the other day. She co-teaches on Monday down at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from 7-8, which is a lot easier for me to make on Mondays, particularly if I'm working that day. I'll definitely be going there again.
I had been checking out zumba.com because I want to have a Zumbathon as a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. My (almost) 3 year old nephew (who lives in Cincinnati) suffers from the genetic disease. My family raises money and awareness through the Great Strides Walks that are held throughout the country. Our family routinely walks in 8 walks each year (we are spread out from coast to coast!). This year, I have volunteered to become the local point of contact for our Honolulu walk. So not only am I raising funds on behalf of our family team - Doin' It For Drew, but I'm coordinating the ins and outs for the walk as a whole. These walks are part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations big campaign. They are a great organization that is leading the charge to find a cure for CF. In the 1950s when CF was "discovered", children didn't usually make it to school age. Now, the median age is 37. Its a ton better, but still - that means only 50% of those with CF make it to 37. Last year, the FDA approved the first drug that treated not the symptoms of CF, but the root cause! Huge news - except it only works for those with a rare mutation of CF - about 4% of the CF population. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation recognizes that as an "orphaned" or "rare" disease", pharmacutical companies don't see a reason (aka money) into developing a treatment. The Foundation raises money and funds grants to find a cure. And they are vigilant about it, and last years drug approval was some of the fruit of that labor.
So after that long bit, that's why I "found" Melinda again. I had gone on the zumba.com website to look up other Zumba instructors who I thought might want to help me with a Zumbathon to raise more money. I stumbled across Melinda and knew I had found the person to really help me out. I dropped her a line, and then last night before class we got to talking. She's totally on board, and already thinking about other instructors she can talk to. I gave her some CF information. I had been thinking about early April, but when she saw the walk was May 25, she suggested the Saturday before the walk as a way to promote the walk. So May 18th it will be, assuming we get some instructors, a place and get participants!
Well, its almost 9pm. I need to shower and hit the sack. I'll be biking to work tomorrow so I can bike straight to Zumba tomorrow night. Then a full day Thursday when I go to work, then meet with the band representative - did I mention that I was contacted by a high school band that will be visiting the islands and who wants to play at the walk?? So very excited about that development! :)