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Skaneateles kickin' cancer

Help kick cancer

Certified kickboxing instructor initiates fund-raiser at Skaneateles Community Center

Heidi Stregiel likes to get hot and sweaty. It makes sense, as she was raised in the Arizona Desert. But this isn't about climate; it's about strength and fitness. And it's about action.

This month she is taking matters into her own hands, and feet too. As the kickboxing instructor at the Skaneateles Community Center, she has initiated a fund-raiser to fight breast cancer. During her class times on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings, pink paper boxing gloves will be sold for a minimum of $1.

She knows she got a late start but she was inspired while out shopping one day by a pair of real pink boxing gloves. She thought why not get started this year, work out the bugs and then kick it into high gear next year. Her class is behind her all the way, even purchasing their own pink gloves in solidarity.

Stregiel had been searching for some way to contribute. Her mother-in-law Marilyn Stregiel and sister-in-law Kiki Stregiel Strodel are both battling breast cancer. It has been difficult for her wondering what to do, how to help. The money collected will go to Arise, an organization in Auburn that has been very helpful to her mother-in-law throughout her ordeal with cancer.

Stop by the Skaneateles Community Center to get involved or call Heidi Stregiel at 685-7291.

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