Waterville resident Suzanne Fevens has been busy training and fundraising for the Nike Women’s half marathon, taking place in San Francisco in October. Her efforts will benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada. - Submitted
Suzanne (Pineo) Fevens has challenged herself in a big way. In addition to a busy schedule teaching fitness classes between Berwick and Wolfville, the Waterville resident has also been training for a half marathon road race fundraiser.
Fevens has her sights set on taking part in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. To be eligible for the Oct. 18, she needs to raise $4,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Canada. Fevens, who suffers from fibromyalgia, has run five- and 10-kilomtere races in this area, but this will be her first attempt at a 21-kilometre half-marathon
As a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Team in Training program, Fevens has a fundraising and training coach. All the money she raises goes directly to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for research, patient and community service, public health and professional education.
“I am not only running to prove to myself that I can do it, but also to support this wonderful cause, to help find better and more effective treatments, and hopefully, one day soon, a cure, not only for blood cancer, but for all cancers,” she explained.
Fevens, who already devotes many hours each week to exercising by teaching fitness classes, said she was motivated to add more training to her schedule as a way to remember family members who have passed away from cancer or who are cancer survivors, including a cousin who has survived childhood leukemia and another cousin who has survived liver cancer.
“It’s a special kind of crazy, for a wonderful cause,” said Fevens, adding she is certain without cancer research her two cousins wouldn’t be alive today.
Fevens has reached the 60 per cent mark in her fundraising quest by holding a number of small fundraisers, such as virtual 5K races, selling handmade hairbands, plants, and collecting donations at her classes. Her next fundraiser, a master Zumba class, is taking place at the Waterville fire hall. No experience is necessary, as Zumba moves can be modified to suit all fitness levels.
“A great thing about Zumba is you don’t need a partner, but bring a friend, it’s good to share the giggles. And guys, you are welcome too, it’s not just for the ladies,” pointed out Fevens.
Feven’s Zumba fundraiser runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.on Sept. 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $10 in advance; or $15 at the door. There will also be a prizes and a canteen.