BROCTON - The American Legion in Brocton was full of women in pink doing Zumba, not the normal crowd you'd expect at an American Legion.
Jean Sutton's Zumba Gold class honored one of their own during a weekly class held at the American Legion John W. Dill Post 434 in Brocton. Gayle Scadden of Sherman has been a member of the class and has been doing Zumba for two years. She recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Gayle has had a little bout (of cancer)," Sutton told the class participants.
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Participants along with Jean Sutton of the Zumba Gold class honored one of their own who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. A prayer shawl and pillow were donated on behalf of the Circle of Love.
Josie Christopher and the Circle of Love donated a prayer shawl and pillow to Scadden. Christopher was unable to attend the class to personally present the items to Scadden. Sutton also donated a pair of pink Zumba toning sticks to Scadden. During the class, a collection was taken up for the Circle of Love which raised more than $75.
Scadden, who will start a round of chemotherapy next week, has every intentions on coming back to Zumba.
"I'll be back," she said with a smile.
Scadden has received a lot of support, she said including from those in class. She expressed gratitude for all the support.
"The support I've gotten from everybody is overwhelming," Scadden said.
Sutton chose to honor Scadden during class for her dedication to the class.
"Gayle participated in class and when she got sick it felt right," she said.
Sutton also wanted to thank the John W. Dill Post 434 for their support for her class. Sutton said the post has "been very supportive for Zumba Gold."
Zumba Gold is low impact and is perfect for beginners. The class also includes routines incorporating Zumba toning sticks. Sutton also teaches on Monday mornings at 10 o'clock at Infinity Dance on East Main Street, Fredonia. On Sunday, another Zumba event will take place to support the Circle of Love. Zumba for a Cure will be held at St. Hyacinth's auditorium from noon to 3 p.m. The event, hosted by Katie Rozumalski and Ricky Cooper, will feature seven local Zumba instructors including Sutton. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will be donated to local charities, including the Circle of Love.
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