One of the things that make each person on the Koz team special is that we all have our individual passions and a genuine drive to impact the lives of others. Dr. Mike found his passion and drive through fitness. In addition to sporting his hot pink “GO. FIGHT. Cure” Koz shirt all month, in his personal time Dr. Mike is dedicating the month of October to competing and fundraising for Barbells For Boobs. This incredible organization was founded by a young woman looking to help a friend who was denied access to screening services at 26 years old. After fighting for access to services, she found out that she was indeed living with cancer. The organization now helps to provide access to screening and diagnostic procedures so that breast cancer can be found in the earliest stage possible. To date, they have assisted 23,647 people to gain access to 45,225 procedures detecting 351 cases of breast cancer.
Dr. Mike is competing at CrossFit Inguz in Groton and has a personal fundraising page to help raise funds for this amazing cause. Last year, CrossFit Inguez raised more funds than any other gym in Connecticut. The competition takes place on October 27th this year. The entire gym is decked out in pink and participants, in teams of two, complete the Helen Meets Grace workout and the team with the best time wins. All funds raised by the gym are donated to Barbells For Boobs.
In his own words, “I lost a family member at a young age to breast cancer. I can’t do a lot for them but I always feel like the least I can do is what I know best – leaving it all out there. Working as hard as I possibly can in the only way I know how. I don’t know how else to help people with breast cancer, but I know how to lift. This is how I feel about this cause – if I can show up one day and promote something that helps even one person, that is a win.”
In this life we lead, we all have the opportunity to impact the lives of others. Every effort of support, no matter the size, can serve to make a very large impact in someone’s life. We’re proud of Dr. Mike and the support he is providing for the Barbells For Boobs cause! If you would like to help him reach his fundraising goal you can do so here: Dr. Mike DePascale – Barbells For Boobs.