Benching For Breast Cancer Successfully Raises Money & Awareness

WORCESTER, Mass. – The sixth annual Benching for Breast Cancer fundraising event took place on Friday, Dec. 6, in the Hart Center’s varsity weight room at the College of the Holy Cross. All of the proceeds of the event went to Pink Revolution, a Worcester-based breast cancer alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer.

Benching for Breast Cancer is a weight lifting contest between teams of four students. All team members bench press as much as they can, and their totals are mathematically compared with their body weights. About 550 students participated setting a record for the six-year event. The co-chairs of the event were juniors Michelle McGahan (Acton, Mass.) and Drew McAward (Garden City, N.Y.), who are members of the track and field team.

The following made donations to support the event: Olive Garden, Wings Over Worcester, Kimball, Tee's Deli, Sam's Club, Pizzeria Delight, Uncle Jay's Twisted Fork, Panera Bread, Be Athletic Performance, Subway, Holy Cross Bookstore, Hanover Theater, Quickstop Printing and Holy Cross Graphic Arts.

The Best Costume Award went to members of the women’s track and field team who dressed as the Avengers. Second best costume went to the members of the men’s rowing team who dressed as Braveheart. The Most Enthusiastic Award went to the softball team.

In the middle of the event there was a candle light ceremony to reflect and remember those who have lost the battle against breast cancer and celebrate the survivors. There were eight breast cancer survivors at the event.

There was also a new addition this year. There was a wall to honor people that are or have been affected by cancer. This wall was titled "Who do you Bench for?" It was open for students to write names, hang pictures or articles, write quotes, etc. that honor survivors and remember those who we have lost.

To view a photo gallery go here.