Fundraiser aids boutique for breast cancer patients
Inspyr Studios is hosting its second annual InspYring Awareness crossover fundraiser, in partnership with Amita Health Cancer Institute, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2924 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights.
Proceeds benefit the Amita Health Cancer Institute in Elk Grove Village, in support of the Mary R. Faraci Boutique. The fundraiser will feature Inspyr's signature Crossover class -- a 60-minute half strength, half cycling hybrid workout.
Inspyr Studios, a boutique cycle, strength and restorative fitness studio, is partnering with the Amita Health Cancer Institute to raise funds for The Mary R. Faraci Boutique, which provides hair replacement, post-surgical garments and prosthesis for women who are unable to obtain such products via insurance.
Raising money for the boutique is a cause that is near and dear to Inspyr coach Joe Faraci, having lost his mom to breast cancer. He wanted to do something to help women fighting through this devastating disease.
"I'm very excited about hosting this event through Inspyr Studios. This is not just a way to honor my mom, but to support these beautiful women fighting through breast cancer. My mom's vision was to allow women to feel beautiful outside and in. This boutique gives these women that opportunity," Faraci said.
Faraci reached out to the Amita Health Cancer Institute in Elk Grove Village about partnering to raise funds for the boutique, which is funded by philanthropy. Each gift supports the mission to make challenging times easier for women undergoing cancer treatment.
"The Mary R. Faraci Boutique helps so many women feel beautiful during their cancer journey by providing wigs and breast prostheses. In 2021 alone, 15 women have received wigs thanks to the Mary R. Faraci Boutique fund, the Faraci family and other donors," said Emily Westermeyer, Amita Health Cancer Institute's Oncology Project specialist. "We are so grateful to be able to provide this service to those in need."
"At Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center, we strive to serve our community with the best health care we can provide. One of the many ways we provide holistic care is with the Mary R. Faraci Boutique at Amita in Elk Grove Village," said Dr. Ramji R. Rajendran, medical director of Radiation Oncology, Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute.
"Women with breast cancer often suffer mental anguish of hair loss and changes in their physical appearance after surgery. This center provides ways in which these women can fight their cancer while still having support for their soul. It is a very special place."
Brighton Woodfield and Deer Park stores will be present selling jewelry to support breast cancer research. A percentage of each sale will go directly to the boutique.
"Every Brighton store creates a partnership with a local organization to support breast cancer. Both the Deer Park and Woodfield Brighton stores are excited to support the Mary R. Faraci Cancer Boutique to help those going through breast cancer, as well as other cancers," said Amy Kaplan, store manager, Brighton Deer Park.
"We immediately connected with the Faraci family once we met them. We love knowing that the funds we raise will help support those in need in our own community."
The class is open to the public, with a minimum $20 donation required to attend. After class, Inspyr will have food and drinks donated by Tony's Fresh Market as a way to say "thank you" to all those who attend.
Managing Partner Amy Winter is excited to be hosting this fundraiser, "My hope is that our fundraiser raises enough money to help The Mary R. Faraci Boutique with their mission to help women who are undergoing cancer treatment," Winter said.
"We are happy to be able to help in any way that we can. I am excited because this fundraiser is gaining momentum. We will have sweatshirts, jewelry and hats for sale, food, drinks and much more. It's going to be a great day for a great cause."
All are welcome to stop by for food and to donate without having to attend the class. Sweatshirts and hats will be available for sale at the studio beginning this week.
To RSVP for the InspYring Awareness class, or for information, call or text (847) 749-4630. To learn more about The Mary R. Faraci Boutique, visit www.maryrfaraciboutique.org.
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