Judith Hobenshield (left) and Laura Roe (right)are shaping up for the Bust a Move event in Richmond Apr. 13.

Judith Hobenshield (left) and Laura Roe (right)are shaping up for the Bust a Move event in Richmond Apr. 13.

Team raising money for cancer research

The Great Northern Peaks are travelling to Richmond next month for the Bust a Move event after raising money for breast cancer research.

  • Mar. 24, 2013 3:00 p.m.

The Great Northern Peaks are travelling to Richmond next month for the Bust a Move event after raising money for breast cancer research.

The event consists of six one-hour fitness sessions in a row and the GNP crew is still preparing for the grueling marathon event at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Apr. 13.

“Both of us are running five days a week,” Laura Roe said.

“Plus local fitness classes and videos at home.”

Within six hours the GNP and other teams will complete hour-long sessions in Yoga, Hip Hop, Zumba, Tabata, Bollywood and a Bootcamp.

All sessions are led by professional trainers and as the event nears the GNP team is getting a bit anxious.

“We’re excited and a bit scared,” Judith Hobenshield said.

“Once we get there the goal is to survive.”

“We’re gonna be awesome,” Roe said.

Roe, Hobenshield and Denise Marshall, who lives in Prince George have raised nearly $5,000, which places Roe and Hobenshield tied for fifth on the fundraising leader board.

The GNP crew sold T-shirts, popcorn and pies and raffled off a quilt made by Hobenshield.

Now they’re offering something new to sponsors.

“We’re going to put names on our T-shirts,” Roe said, adding that both names in memoriam and business sponsors are welcome.

Both Hobenshield and Roe have family members who developed cancer.

Roe’s mother is a survivor and Hobenshield has had several family members succumb to the disease.

“I’m doing this event in remembrance of the ladies that we have lost and to honor my two beautiful aunts who battled and won,” Hobenshield said.

“I have faith that one day all the females in my family will no longer fear breast cancer because it will be a disease of the past.”

All proceeds donated to the GNP team go to the Canadian Cancer Agency to fund research.

The Bulkley Valley Credit Union, where both Roe and Hobenshield work, is collecting donations in an account named Great Northern Peaks.

The GNP team has had great community support to reach their original goal of $4,000, but the new goal is $6,000.

“We’re overachievers so we don’t intend to stop,” Roe said.

“The more money we raise the better funded the researchers are going to be,” Hobenshield said.

This is the first year Bust a Move happens in B.C.

For more information on the event or to donate to the Great Northern Peaks team visit bustamove.ca.