By MARIBETH WARD
Curves, an international women's fitness franchise is no stranger to the fight against breast cancer. Over the last several years, Curves locations including the one in Greencastle, have participated in various fundraising events for breast cancer.
They are continuing their efforts this year by offering a Liv Aid breast self-exam kit during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast self-exam is an important step a woman can do as part of a regular breast health routine.
"Curves has always been an advocate of breast cancer awareness, but now we're taking it a step further and helping the women in our community exercise good breast health," said Rhonda Louderback, owner of Curves of Greencastle.
"We're proud to be part of a company whose goal is to put the Liv Aid into a million women's hands this October," she added.
Breast cancer surgeon Ernie Bodai believes that a number of breast cancers are found by the patient themselves.
"The Liv Aid greatly enhances a woman's ability in detecting an abnormality, which in many cases will lead to early detection and a better chance for a cure," he said.
Curve members have a variety of ways to get a Liv Aid, including showing proof of a mammogram within the last 12 months. Non-members can get a free Liv Aid when they come in for a complimentary Fitness Assessment. The kits are also available for purchase by anyone in the community.
To help Liv Aid recipients remember to use their kids, they can sign up to receive complimentary monthly email alerts from Olivia Newton-John, who has partnered with Curves to help promote breast cancer awareness.
"Being a breast cancer 'thriver," I know that early detection is key to good breast health," says Newton-John, whose cancer was diagnosed in 1992 and who is now cancer-free.
Curves of Greencastle is located at 1285 S. Jackson St., Ste. B, Greencastle. For information about the Liv Aid kits call them at765-653-6065,