Sondra E. Z. Hines
Sondra E. Z. Hines
Sondra Hines
Sondra E. Z. Hines (Photo: Oh Snaps Photography)

Unless you’ve been out in the stratosphere, it’s hard to miss that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Therefore, all things pink have exploded — athletes donning pink, animals with pink accents, even children dressed in pink.

Now the pink craze has incorporated fitness.

I’m thrilled to participate in the first-ever Party in Pink Zumbathon, scheduled for Friday. This event will raise awareness of breast cancer. The Zumbathon is sponsored by the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

If you follow this column, you know I’m a proud member of Delta,  and I have a robust affinity to crimson and cream, our sorority colors.

This month, that doesn’t matter.

What does matter are the thousands of women of color who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and die at a rate far higher than their white counterparts. (Click here to read Breast Cancer Survivor Spreads Message Of Hope.)

Cancer sucks!

But this event won’t. I promise you an evening of fun, fitness and fellowship. An added benefit — I’ll share the fitness stage with three of my Delta Sorors. We’ll dance, all in the name of cancer awareness.

And that’s not all.

Free information will be available, as well as prizes! My hope is that the event – which is free and open to the public – will attract women of all ages, ethnicities, fellow Greek members and cancer survivors, too.

I hope you can join me for this fight against cancer, and you’ll get a good workout too!

Final Thought: As we end Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’d like to recommend a book: “Where’s Mommy’s Hair?” Written by Sharon Amerson, this book is told through the eyes of the author’s daughter and deals with Amerson’s life-changing experience of losing her hair in the midst of breast cancer treatments.

Until next time, I wish you joy, wellness and good health.

Wanna Go?

Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Place: Delta Center (5408 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte)
Cost: Free

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Sondra E. Z. Hines is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, Zumba instructor, workshop presenter and motivational speaker. A former adjunct professor, she has 15-plus years as a fitness instructor...