Celebrate Breasts at Rhythm Room's Boob-a-Palooza 3
Melissa Fossum The Love Me Nots at the first Boob-a-Palooza
An event called Boob-a-Palooza is bound to turn some heads, because who doesn't love boobs? Now that I've got your attention, you can learn more about The Rhythm Room's third annual Boob-a-Palooza, an event that's part fundraiser, and part rockin' swing dance show.
Check out what Mona Watkins, the Rhythm Room's general manager, has to say about the show and breast cancer fundraising after the jump.
See also: Last Night: Boobapalooza at Rhythm Room
Tell me a little bit about Boob-a-palooza.
I started walking in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day in 2009. Since I'm the general manager of the Rhythm Room, I am blessed enough to be able to use that as one of my avenues of fundraising. It started about three years ago, a couple of people that I work with helped me do my first fundraiser and this is the third one now.
We get bands together and do a whole night of music, raffles, and all kinds of fun and informative stuff for breast cancer. All the money goes towards my fundraising to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day.
Why breast cancer? Are you, or is somebody you're close to a survivor?
My sister, she's a year and two months younger than I am, was diagnosed in 2009 with breast cancer, and she had a complete mastectomy. She is still fighting, and winning the battle against breast cancer. When she was diagnosed, it was really hard for me, I didn't know what to do. I'm the big sister, I don't have any kids, I'm not married, she's married with children, so it just felt really weird.
Somebody mentioned to me doing the 60-mile walk for breast cancer, and I've taken that on. That first year when I was training, my sister told me, "You can't walk 60 miles." And I'm like, "If you can do chemotherapy, then I can walk 60 miles." That's how it started out is with my sister, but in addition to that, along the way I've met a lot of really neat people and heard a lot of stories.
So over the years, this will be my fifth time participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day and it's incorporated not just my sister, but my family members, my friends' family members, and customers that I meet at the Rhythm Room, they'll tell me stories about their loved ones and their struggles and fights with breast cancer, so I walk for them, too.