By KATINA WATT      News-Herald Staff Writer

JEWETT – Trish Hirschbach Everhart is no stranger to exercise, she is an avid runner and boot camp fitness instructor, but she is gearing up for a new challenge this August as she heads to the Cleveland area to take part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk to erase breast cancer.

Everhart’s grandmother had breast cancer and later succumbed to the disease, making breast cancer awareness and research a very important cause to her and her family.

The amount needed to walk in the 3-Day is $2300, so Trish decided to take her cause to Facebook to see if she got any bites from family and friends. Almost immediately, friends and family were offering advice and help to get her fundraising kicked into gear, and Trish knew she would have no trouble coming up with at least the $2300. “Derrick Zobencia of HC Fence is currently holding a t-shirt and hoodie fundraiser for the cause, and the response has been amazing.”

The t-shirts can be purchased for $15 and hoodies for $30, are both charcoal gray with the saying, “Fight like a girl against breast cancer” and can be purchased by contacting the company at 740-312-5737, or Trish at 740-946-0153.

Everhart also has many upcoming fundraisers that will offer a little something for everyone. On February 25, Everhart will be hosting a Fitness Fundraiser for a Cure at the Purple Heart Palace on Mill Street in Hopedale from 9-10:30 a.m., thanks to the Palace’s Director (and her big brother) Dirk Harkins. Everhart will teach her Boot Camp fitness, and will be joined by Zumba instructor Katina Watt, and Pilates instructor Amanda Sabo for a great morning workout that will cost $10 per person, with all proceeds going to the 3-Day.

The Hopedale American Legion is partnering with Trish on March 31 for a Chili cook-off to begin at 2 p.m. There is no entry fee, and winners will be announced at 5 p.m. Auctions and raffles will also be taking place throughout the course of the event as well.

“Thanks to everyone’s help we also have a Three Mile Breast Cancer Walk in the works, along with a Thirty-One bingo in April, and a softball tournament later on in the spring or early summer,” Everhart added. “This has always been an important cause for me, but after learning more of the statistics of the disease, like the fact that 90 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every 45 minutes, I’m really ready to do this.”

Trish Everhart is pictured above outside the Purple Heart Palace in Hopedale. For more information on the fitness fundraiser or any other events that she has in the works for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, call her at 740-946-0153.  NH Photo/KATINA WATT