Zumba class to benefit PKD Foundation
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 24, 2012 | 2348 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ZFit Studio in Jasper is hosting a fundraiser this weekend that will benefit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

Organizers hope to raise $1,000 during the 90-minute Zumba class, which is open to all fitness levels and will start Sunday at 3 p.m. The studio is located on Highway 78 East across from Greenhorn Saloon.

Participants are encouraged to get sponsors for each minute they complete. Those who choose not to seek sponsorships will be charged $10 at the door. Donations are also being accepted.

Everyone who raises at least $50 will be entered in a drawing for a month of free Zumba classes.

Studio owner Deana Peek said she wanted to host the fundraiser in honor of client Christi Johnson and her family. Johnson’s daughter, Angela Stover Reeves, and granddaughter, Brooke Madison, both have PKD and are also clients at ZFit.

PKD is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts on the kidneys. Peek said that, like many others, she had no knowledge of PKD prior to becoming acquainted with Johnson, Reeves and Madison.

“I thought a Zumba Master Class Fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation would be a great way to not only bring awareness to this disease and to raise funds for research for a cure but to let our ladies have a great time in the process,” Peek said.

Johnson and several family members also plan to participate in the Birmingham Walk for PKD on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Johnson said increasing awareness of PKD is almost as important as the funds that are raised through events such as the walk and Zumba class.

“When we wear our T-shirts or people see the bracelets, most don’t have a clue what PKD is. Besides raising awareness, the money goes to help find a treatment for the disease because as of now there is no cure,” Johnson said.