Once an 800-Strong Gathering in Downingtown, Fundraiser Grows to Over 4,000 Participants
The cancer fundraiser “Pink Invitational,” which began as a meet of 800 gymnasts in Downingtown, has since grown into a weekend-long competition with over 4,000 participating athletes from all over the country, writes Matteo Iadonisi for 6ABC.
The fundraiser was envisioned by Sue Weldon, a breast cancer survivor.
“I was a gymnastics coach many years back,” said Weldon. “That was my wheelhouse and when I was diagnosed, I was still coaching.”
She channeled her experiences into Unite for HER nonprofit, which provides integrative therapies to breast or ovarian cancer patients. Around 15 years ago, Weldon partnered with AJS Pancott Gymnastics in West Chester to add sport to the greater mission of Unite for HER.
“We were able to put together this incredible gymnastics event to raise funds to do some education for the community,” she said. “It allowed us to springboard into serving thousands of women and men.”
This year’s event was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The total amount raised between donations and sponsorships is estimated to reach around half a million dollars.
Read more about the Pink Invitational at 6ABC.
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