Crunch Fitness going the extra mile in the fight against cancer

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The fight against breast cancer is a year-round battle.

Crunch Fitness is going the extra mile to help in the fight against this deadly disease.

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Working out is a way of life for those at Crunch Fitness in D’Iberville, but during the month of October, workers and members of this and other Crunch Fitness sites, stepped up their efforts to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. Crunch Fitness District Manager Dawn Roberts said, “We had three different events we put on at three different Crunch Fitness locations this year at Long Beach, Hattiesburg and D’Iberville where we did a Crunch Goes Pink event. That included three different events called Battle for Boobies, Burpies for Boobies and Boxing for Boobies, and we raised money with our members through those events. Also, we collected contributions through the entire month of October.”

Their hard work has paid off. On Thursday, Crunch Fitness presented the American Cancer Society with a donation check worth more than $4,000 to help in the fight against breast cancer. American Cancer Society Community Development Manager LaWanda Jones said, “It definitely paid off. They were number four in all the teams that were registered. During this time, they came together to raise more than $4,000 to fight breast cancer.  We need it more than ever. Our mission has been impacted. Our number one priority is to take care of those patients and their family. With the impact of the pandemic, that is in jeopardy. We have to make sure that we are still stepping in and doing what we can to help out as well as continuing to fund the research to help save lives.”

“With 2020 being so different surrounding the climate of COVID-19, we knew the walk wasn’t going to take place, so we had to put something on to help collect some contributions to help out the American Cancer Society so that’s when we thought of Crunch Goes Pink to really help and make those funds available for them.”

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned....