WESTFIELD, NJ — For Kristen Lichtenthal, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is personal. The mom of two and Westfield realtor lost her mother, Barbara Gellman, to the disease four years ago.
Lichtenthal and the rest of Team Live, Love, Laugh (which gets its name from the words on the necklace Gellman wore) need to raise $1,800 each in order to participate in this year’s Washington, DC, walk — nearly $40,000 all together.
To help them reach their goal, two local fitness studios will offer special one-time classes for a donation of $25 each.
On Jan. 8, The Bar Method in Downtown Westield will host a one-hour class for a $25 donation (cash only; pay at event). Child care is available onsite for $7. For more information and to register, click here. (Choose the 12:45 p.m. mixed class with Emily on Jan. 8. If you require babysitting, purchase babysitting sessions per child and register for the babysitting at 12:45 that day.)
Then, on Jan. 15, Wheel House cycle studio in Garwood will host an 80’s themed class for $25 (check only; pay at event). Complimentary babysitting and two-week pass to Wheel House included. For more information and to register, click here.
Space for both classes is limited.
This will be Lichtenthal’s third Avon walk, and her first in Washington, DC. At her first Avon walk, in New York, she spoke in front of thousands of people at the opening ceremonies.
“I spoke about my mom and her battle and how I unfortunately lost her just six weeks shy of her 60th birthday,” Lichtenthal said.
In 2004, Gellman participated in the Avon walk and spoke at the opening and closing ceremonies under the Brooklyn Bridge, Lichtenthal said.
“Those are moments I will never forget and just some of the few moments that make me so proud to be Barbara Gellman's daughter,” she said. “I so wish she could be with me to walk that marathon and a half, but I will walk in her honor and in her memory.”
This year is Lichtenthal’s biggest group to walk together yet, she said.
“We want to thank all of our current supporters who have donated,” she said. “Thank you to Jennifer Siegel at Wheel House and Emily King and Lori Terry at The Bar Method.”
To donate directly to team Live, Love, Laugh, click here.