Workouts in Niles benefit breast cancer

Over 50 people did so at Blackboxx Spinning and The Train Station CrossFit in Niles on Sunday morning

Breaking a sweat for breast cancer -- that's what over 50 people did at Blackboxx Spinning and The Train Station CrossFit in Niles on Sunday morning.

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Breaking a sweat for breast cancer — that’s what over 50 people did at Blackboxx Spinning and The Train Station CrossFit in Niles on Sunday morning.

Decked out in pink, of course.

“Breast cancer is something that affects women and men in this country and the world,” said Joe Rosko of The Train Station CrossFit. “We’re just trying to reach out as a community — a small local business — to try to make a difference.”

The Breast Cancer Benefit workout classes raised money for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Youngstown.

“We have some members that this charity is very special [and] very dear to their heart,” said Toni Harnar of Blackboxx Spinning. “Some of those people have actually had breast cancer and survived.”

Peggy Byrne is one of those people.

She’s now five years cancer free — and spinning has helped her recover.

“Lost weight — I feel much better,” Byrne said. “I can go up steps without losing my breath. I’ve met some great people.”

She said the gym’s support means everything.

“People took time out of their Sunday to come here and spin for two hours or an hour to workout,” Byrne said. “It just makes you feel good.”

And they are more than happy to help out.

“Whether it’s through some type of money donation or just loving on people,” Rosko said. “I think that’s just what we need a little bit more of in the community and in the world.”

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