WESTFIELD, NJ — Fitness Inc. Training Studios in Garwood will host “Train for a Cause” on Sunday, April 19, to help Westfield native Scott Newman pay for cancer treatments. Newman, once captain of the Westfield High School football team, graduated WHS in 2008.
In February 2014, Newman was diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to Shane Condron, one of Fitness Inc.’s owners and a friend of Newman’s. The cancer invaded his lungs, abdomen, liver, spleen and brain. Treatment has included chemotherapy, radiation therapy and three surgeries.
“Scott is just a great person and a great person to be around. He is a kind person with a great sense of humor. He is strong not only physically but mentally. He is fighting this cancer every minute of every day,” said Condron.
“At our last ‘Train for a Cause’ event, we raised $3,000. We are hoping to raise at least that amount and more,” said Condron. “Unfortunately, not all chemotherapy treatments are covered by insurance so the Newmans will have a high out-of-pocket expense. They have started a crowd-funding effort and have so far raised $76,000 of the $90,000 needed. We want to help bring them as close as we can to the goal they have set.”
Sunday’s “Train for a Cause” event will take place from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. You must book a one-hour appointment in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 908-233-6100. The suggested donation is $20 per person.
Events that day will include a mix of classes. If you have a group of at least four, Fitness Inc. can set up a semi-private group class just for you. From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., 15-minute massages by massage therapist Elyse Breit will be also available by appointment.
“If we do not answer please leave a message. We are usually with clients all day, but check our messages at the first free chance,” said Condron.
This “Train for a Cause” is one in a series held by Fitness Inc. In 2012, the gym held its first fundraiser to help a friend with Lyme disease pay her medical bills.
“When Katie [Condron] and I first opened Fitness Incorporated Training Studios, we not only wanted to have a successful business but we also wanted to have a platform that would allow us to help others,” said Condron.
“At Fitness Incorporated Training Studios we take our skill and profession very seriously, but we understand at the heart and soul of every successful fitness program it has to be fun and enjoyable,” said Condron. “That is exactly what our previous events were — fun. Clients, friends and family of clients, and even people we have never met before showed up, had fun, and helped support another person in need.”
If you can’t attend but would still like to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/scottnewman.