Breast cancer survivors, supporters channel inner yogis to raise awareness

Posted at 3:04 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 18:12:15-04

BOZEMAN – Cancer Support Community hosted the second annual Warriors & Wine event on Saturday at the Gallatin Valley Mall.

The event was open to the public with a $10 registration fee. Everyone who participated was given a wine glass, a yoga mat, and a 45-minute yoga workout.

All of the proceeds went to Cancer Support Community, Advanced Medical Imaging and Bozeman Health Cancer Center.

“It is so great to see people come out and support breast cancer awareness month and Cancer Support Community in general,” said Cancer Support Community Marketing and Volunteer Director Emma Otto. “Last year was a great turnout, this year was a great turnout and it is just really cool to see people participate and be a community.”

The yoga class was instructed by Vandana Sood-Giddings.

Rachel Hazen and her 8-year-old daughter Madison decided to take part in the event after hearing about it through Facebook. For the Hazens, it is important to give support to survivors because members of her family have had to face breast cancer as well.

“It is just, it is great to know that you are not alone. That we are all here together to be a giant family. That is the biggest part of this. Everybody is together, let’s do this together and get through this,” said Hazen.

For her daughter, spending time with her mother is extra special and not just because of the quality bonding.

“I like to hang out with my mom so that way I can get away from my brother,” said Madison.

Following the yoga class, there was brunch with mimosas — a time for survivors to share their stories and help survivors learn about programs to make them feel less isolated.

“I have had so many people that are cancer survivors and warriors come out and say ‘Wow, I don’t feel alone.’ And that is our biggest thing is to make sure no one faces cancer alone,” said Otto.

Cancer Support Community offers over 50 free programs each month for cancer survivors.

Reporting by Mederios Babb for MTN News