Over 1,100 people registered for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’sYoga on the Steps event, LBBC’s signature fundraiser that takes place every third Sunday in May at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The event encourages teams and individuals to fundraise and grow awareness for LBBC’s educational programs for women and families affected by breast cancer. This year’s ambitious fundraising goal was $250,000, and LBBC went into the event with high hopes of reaching it, as participants had raised a little over $230,000 by the event date. We had even higher hopes that the forecaster’s prediction of a downpour would hold off until after the half-day event.
Even though the clouds and dampness signaled that rainfall was near, Jennifer Schelter held the yoga class under dramatic grey skies. Over 100 teams registered for Yoga on the Steps. They were not hard to spot as large groups approached the steps wearing matching T-shirts, toting homemade signs and showing zealous team spirit all in support of LBBC and the work that we do for over 60,000 women affected by breast cancer.
The steps were made up of people from varying backgrounds and walks of life. From pregnant women to high school students to children, just about every spot on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps was filled.
The hour-long outdoor yoga class was inspiring. Jennifer encouraged fellow yogis to hold 10 different warrior poses as 10 women spoke about their breast cancer journeys.
Philadelphia NBC 10’s Lu Ann Cahn, who served as the event’s mistress of ceremonies, was one of the 10 women who served in what Jennifer calls the “Hero’s Journey” program. The year-long program documents the progress of the 10 women. Their personalized and emotional connection to the trials associated with breast cancer are an integral part of the program.
The top individual fundraiser won a $1,000 gift certificate to SKIRT, a high-end fashion boutique located in Bryn Mawr, while the second individual fundraiser won a week-long car lease, courtesy of General Motors.
The top fundraising team, Team Twisters, raised over $20,000 for LBBC’s education and support programs. Through innovative events like barefoot balls and the leadership of their passionate team captain, Jill Miller, the team set the mark this year.
We continue to accept donations until June 30. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit yogaonthesteps.org.