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Local fitness instructor to host breast cancer benefit

By Joseph T. O’Connor Explore Big Sky Managing Editor

BIG SKY – Licensed Zumba Fitness instructor Allison Gilley is hosting Save the Rack Zumbathon, a Breast Cancer Awareness Month benefit, at Big Sky Fitness Fusion on Oct. 25. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society of Montana, and earmarked for the purchase of wigs for patients who can’t afford them, according to Gilley.

“There’s a woman in my class who’s a breast cancer survivor,” said Gilley, who’s been a licensed Zumba instructor for nearly five years and moved to Big Sky from Red Lodge last October. “We wanted the money to go to women in Montana and I was surprised at how expensive hair pieces can be.”

Zumba is a fitness program developed in the 1990s that incorporates different types of dance movements, including salsa, merengue and flamenco, among others. Gilley says it’s an intense workout, but also an exercise that everyone can participate in.

“There’s no experience necessary because every dance move has a modification,” Gilley said.

Even if you don’t want to Zumba, Gilley says interested parties can purchase Save the Rack T-shirts at Fitness Fusion, with proceeds benefiting ACS of Montana.

Fitness Fusion is located in Big Sky’s Meadow Village at 145 Center Lane, Suite H. Save the Rack Zumbathon begins at 9 a.m. Donations are encouraged and a silent auction will also held, with items including jewelry, art and clothing, among others.

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