Ride & Re­new

Take in­door cy­cling, yoga classes at pan­cre­atic can­cer fundraiser

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FIT FRIDAY - By Michilea Pat­ter­son mpat­ter­son@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @MichileaP on Twit­ter

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to spin cy­cle, do yoga and re­new the body as a fundraiser for the Mary Halin­ski Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Re­search Fund at Thomas Jef­fer­son Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Philadel­phia.

The fit­ness fundraiser will take place on Nov. 20 at the Mont­gomery Town­ship Com­mu­nity and Recre­ation Cen­ter, 1030 Hor­sham Road. There will be three yoga classes and three spin classes of­fered at the event be­tween 8 a.m. and noon.

Bob Halin­ski is co-or­ga­niz­ing the event with his daugh­ter Stephanie Kensy. Halin­ski lost his wife, Mary, to pan­cre­atic can­cer in 2013. Novem­ber is Pan­cre­atic Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

“It’s im­por­tant for folks to un­der­stand that it (pan­cre­atic can­cer) is woe­fully un­der­funded and pri­vate do­na­tions re­ally do make a dif­fer­ence,” Halin­ski said adding that 100 per­cent of the pro­ceeds from Ride & Re­new will go to­ward the re­search fund in his wife’s name.

Halin­ski and his daugh­ter got the idea to do a fit­ness fundraiser be­cause they both cy­cle and do yoga. Halin­ski started bik­ing out­doors in 2014 then be­gan tak­ing spin­ning classes that win­ter. “I just loved it,” he said. Now he takes spin classes year round and also takes yoga classes. He said the fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties have helped him a lot in­clud­ing men­tally af­ter go­ing through his wife’s pass­ing.

Halin­ski said be­gin­ners in yoga and in­door cy­cling shouldn’t be in­tim­i­dated and that they are more than wel­come to at­tend the fundraiser on Nov. 20. He said each class has a cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor to ex­plain the ba­sics.

Spa­ces are limited for each class so peo­ple must reg­is­ter to guar­an­tee a spot. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ride & Re­new fundraiser, visit the event page at bit.ly/2f4GdMB.

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