The third annual Bench for Boobs event is now accepting sign-ups for their fall competition being held at New Hope Fitness on Sunday, Oct. 19. The amateur bench press competition benefits The Healing Consciousness Foundation, organized by New Hope resident and breast cancer survivor Dara Zuckernick.
Bench for Boobs open to women, men and children, and all skill and strength levels are welcomed, say organizers. The registration fee is $30 before Oct. 4, and $35 after that date. Contestants are required to check in beginning at 10 a.m. on the date of the competition. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at the $250 and $100 levels.
“Being able to work out through my cancer treatment gave me one small thread of normalcy when the rest of my life was turned upside down,” said Zuckernick. “Putting together the Bench for Boobs fundraiser is a way for me to celebrate and recognize the role of the gym community and physical activity in my recovery.”
The Healing Consciousness Foundation was founded by nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon and Bucks County resident Dr. Beth Baughman DuPree in 2006. DuPree believes that conventional Western medicine integrated with Eastern modalities of healing helps one achieve the balance they need in order to find healing. HCF provides integrative services that are not always funded by traditional insurance plans, and Zuckernick was a recipient of many of those services.
“Women need to realize that lifting weights makes you strong (not bulky), both mentally and physically, “Zuckernick commented. “Every time I bench press, it is an opportunity to reflect on how far I’ve come from the person who couldn’t dress herself after surgery.”