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Party in pink at zumba class in New Jersey

Zumba classes in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, will be shaking what they've got to support breast cancer awareness this month, NorthJersey.com reports.

Instructor Marissabel Alvarez-Mayol told the news outlet that some of her classes exceed 80 people, making it hard to fit everyone in the same room. She has since broken up into smaller classes, though once a month she brings everyone back together for a "Zumba Event for a Cause."

During these events, Alvarez-Mayol will tell her students to come wearing a certain color and ribbons to honor a specific cause.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she decided to hold a "Party in Pink" event for this month's cause.

"Within our own zumba community, there are people that have had breast cancer and it seems that everyone knows of at least one person who has been affected by it," Alvarez-Mayol told the news outlet. "It is also very close to my heart as I have immediate family members that have had breast cancer and I have struggled with them in their fight against it."

According to the news outlet, Alvarez-Mayol hopes the event will bring more attention to the disease and will encourage women to get regularly examined.

BreastCancer.org reports that 1 in 8 women will battle with the disease in her lifetime.
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