By Sophie Nulph
Anytime Fitness will conduct a fundraiser to help a local cancer patient raise money for medical expenses.
When personal trainer Matthew Sarabyn’s little sister Abbi was diagnosed with Stage 4 diffused large B cell lymphoma, members and staff of Westfield’s Anytime Fitness wanted to help.
Abbi was completing her sophomore year at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on scholarship studying neuroscience when she was diagnosed.
The fundraiser is called B Cell Lymphoma Bustin’ Boot Camp. Matthew, along with other personal trainers, will coach workouts for a registration fee.
“I want to just show appreciation for everyone who went out of their way to make a difference for someone they have never even met,” Matthew said.
The fundraiser will be July 12-13 with two sessions each day. The July 12 sessions will be at 5:30 and 7 p.m., and the July 13 session will be at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be conducted at the Anytime Fitness at 3249 Ind. 32.
The fundraiser also will include a raffle with gift cards from businesses sponsoring the event. Little Caesars will provide pizza at the July 12 fundraiser.
Abbi said she is grateful for all of the support.
“It feels wonderful to have such an outreach,” Abbi said. “It really shows how much (people) support my brother and my family.”
Anytime Fitness member and fundraiser organizer Mallory Joest said Matthew is her personal trainer.
“We just thought it would be nice to give back to him (and his family) a little bit,” Joest said.
There is a Facebook link to the event and a GoFundMe page dedicated to Abbi Sarabyn with a link to register for the fundraising classes.