POINT PLEASANT — Upwards of two dozen community members grabbed their mats and blankets and headed over to Community Park Sunday morning to take part in a special yoga fundraiser in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
On Aug. 29, attendees were able to take part in doing 65 rounds of sun salutations, which helped flex and extend many of the main muscles of the body, while helping to raise over $3,000 for the foundation to support research that will help those living with the progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe.
For Katie Hernon, a certified yoga teacher, the event held additional meaning for her as she celebrated what would have been her late husband Juan M. Sanchez’s 37th birthday weekend. According to Ms. Hernon, Mr. Sanchez died from cystic fibrosis at age 28 in 2013.
“I want to thank you all for coming. This has exceeded any expectation that I had,” she told attendees. “I know we postponed from yesterday because of the forecast but we are over $3,000 now in donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and I did not expect that.”
The mission of the foundation, according to its website, is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide individuals with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
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