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Spinning for a Cause

Spinning for a Cause
Put your exercise to good use, and go beyond just keeping yourself fit and fabulous. Find out how a local fundraiser blends Spinning, fashion and the drive to cure breast cancer.
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Four years ago, Spinning instructor Vickie Magliano decided that she wanted to be more involved in fighting breast cancer after two of her friends were diagnosed with the disease. "Every year I donate to breast cancer, and I thought well I wanted to do something more than just donate," Magliano says. "I said, why don't I just do something that I love, which is working with people, making them feel better, and doing what I love best is working in the health and fitness field." So she worked to incorporate her passion for health and fitness with her desire to find a cure. And so Spin for the Cure was born.



Spin for the Cure's fourth appearance will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. As a four-hour Spinning event, Spin for the Cure supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nonprofit organization that works to support survivors, to help patients and to prevent future diagnoses of breast cancer. Participants reserve stationary bikes by donating $150 for each individual or team of two to four members.

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Magliano decided to shake up this year's Spin for the Cure by throwing some style in the action. Just as she enjoys exercise, Magliano holds a passion for fashion. After studying fashion design at the University of Cincinnati for two years, she worked in retail, merchandising and visualization, among other artistic outlets, to exercise her talent in the creative sphere.


With her wealth of experience, Magliano designed five cycling jerseys to be sold at the Spin for the Cure event. "There're going to be five designs from sleeveless to short sleeves," Magliano says, and each design will be a limited-edition jersey that people who purchase the jerseys can be proud to display.


The proceeds from the jersey and all other merchandise sales will go to cancer survivor and patient Heather Ray. Ray lost her leg to cancer when she was 13 and is now fighting her third round of breast cancer. If that weren't hard enough, "She is a single mom with two children, and has no income," Magliano says. "She was laid off from her job of a vice president of a company last year."


So while the fundraiser, as a whole, supports Susan G. Komen for the cure, the merchandise will help Ray. And Ray will earn that assistance by hopping on a bike and pedaling herself. Last year was Ray's first to participate, and through the four hours of cycling with only one leg, Ray provided an inspiration to all.


To learn more about Spin for the Cure, visit the event Web site. To register online, click here, and you can help reach Magliano's goal of  300 bikes filled with people pedaling for the cause this year. If she reaches this goal, you will be a part of the largest Spinning event (outside a conference) in the United States. If you are unable to Spin, don't hesitate to come and cheer on spinners or to volunteer your time to be a part of the cause.

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