Over 1,000 men, women and children participated in, connected with and supported the 8th Annual Yoga Unites for Living Beyond Breast Cancer on the morning of May 16, 2010. Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) partnered with Jennifer Schelter, master yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Unites, as she lead the largest yoga class in the city of Philadelphia. While participants followed Jennifer’s lead, the cloudy skies transformed into bright blue skies with a hint of yellow from the bright sun. With every yoga pose, Jennifer instructed each participant to reach for the sun’s rays.
Yoga Unites for LBBC is an annual fundraising event that provides a way for individuals and teams to support women affected by breast cancer and spread the word about healthy living while raising funds and awareness for LBBC’s education and support programs. So far, we have raised over $175,000. However, we are still receiving generous donations from event participants who are dedicated to helping us reach our ambitious goal of $200,000 for the 200,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
This year, Lu Ann Cahn, NBC 10 investigative reporter, was the honorary chair of the event. Lu Ann, who was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer 18 years ago, put down her reporter microphone and picked up her yoga mat for the 8th Annual Yoga Unites for LBBC. She talked about her journey with breast cancer and how she is living beyond breast cancer. She took the stage after the yoga class and told participants it wasn’t too late to join in on the cause if they hadn’t done so already. She urged them to take part in LBBC’s latest text-to-give initiative and make a $10 donation by texting "LBBC" to 20222.
The therapeutic and intimate outdoor yoga class was also lead in song by Yvette Pecoraro and her talented musicians who chanted soothing lyrics that coincided with each yoga pose. Participants were instructed to close their eyes, feel and release their energy, and internalize all emotions of love. Jennifer’s grandmother died from breast cancer. Throughout the class, she expressed her love for her grandmother and explained that her grandmother is one of the reasons why Yoga Unites for LBBC is a special event for her.
Philadelphia Eagles mascot ‘Swoop’ also participated in the event and helped LBBC celebrate May 16, which had formally been declared Living Beyond Breast Cancer Day in the city of Philadelphia. He put his wings to work on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with over 80 fundraising teams by his side. The top fundraising teams were "Andi’s Girls," who raised over $14,000, and the LBBC staff team, "Living Beyond...", who raised over $15,000.
The half-day event included an outdoor yoga class and Healthy Living Expo, where participants learned about yoga and exercise, healthful foods, natural cosmetics and goods and services to improve quality of life. Event sponsor Olga and Warners offered bra-fitting tips as they offered free bras to participants.