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Barbells for Boobs raises breast cancer awareness in South Lake Tahoe

Kim Caringer, a South Shore resident and breast cancer survivor, said CrossFit — a popular fitness routine — changed her life. That's why she now organizes a local Barbells for Boobs fundraiser, along with South Tahoe CrossFit. This year's event is planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's free to the public. The event is located at 2050 Dunlap Dr.

According to Caringer, she was diagnosed with a aggressive form of breast cancer at age 29, "which is fairly young." After four surgeries, including a double mastectomy, plus radiation and chemotherapy, she was left in remission — but weak.

"Once I finished treatment, I wanted to stay healthy and get my strength back," she said. "I got into CrossFit in 2012, and it made me realize new physical capabilities I didn't even know I have. I couldn't even do a push-up; and I gained more strength than I had before."

CrossFit is "a great community," Caringer added, "and I was able to really thrive."

Through her involvement, she found out about Barbells for Boobs, a nonprofit that operates under the idea that "everyone has a right to know" about their breast cancer status.

"We are committed to changing the conversation when it comes to breast cancer," Barbells for Boobs' website said. "We won't stop until everyone regardless of age, gender, income and insurance status has access to early detection services. This is our mission."

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Caringer noted that it's often difficult for women under 40 to obtain breast cancer screening — and early detection is the best way to survive the disease.

Other Saturday Barbells for Boobs participants dealing with breast cancer include Jen Spina and Renee Gorevin.

Caringer said Spina was "diagnosed with breast cancer this past spring and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment now — and continuing to do CrossFit at the same time." Gorevin is "currently battling metastatic breast cancer (and doing awesome)."

Saturday's tribute workout will focus on camaraderie, competition and fitness — and everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear pink. There will be prizes for all athletic categories. A barbecue is planned after the workout.

"People can come out to the event and support it, and donate money; you don't have to do the workout," Caringer said. "You don't have to be experienced in CrossFit.

"We have currently raised approximately $6,000 and hope to double that by the end of event."

Event information confirmed that, "by donating $80, you can possibly save a life through early detection breast cancer screening. By raising $80, you will receive a Barbells for Boobs 'team support' T-shirt to wear proudly! We will also be selling our #fittofight T's and tanks for metavivor and metup— metastatic breast cancer research organizations."

To learn more and donate, visit https://fundraise.barbellsforboobs.org/fundraise/team?ftid=55369.

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