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USA Weightlifting Supports Kilos for a Cure

July 12, 2016, 2:06 p.m. (ET)

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Once again this fall, RWL Weightlifting, with support from USA Weightlifting, will team up with the American Cancer Society and its Coaches vs. Cancer initiative to sponsor the second annual “Kilos for a Cure” fundraiser during the month of October. During the first year of the event, which features a virtual competition among USA Weightlifting Clubs across the country in both weightlifting and fundraising, raised over $11,000 in support of the American Cancer Society and its lifesaving mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

“RWL Weightlifting is pleased to continue working with USA Weightlifting and the American Cancer Society for our second year working in collaboration for ‘Kilos for a Cure,’ celebrating weightlifting as we lift kilos to find a cure for cancer. We are asking you all to join in and do what you love!!! Lift weights and fundraise to help stop ending lives and disrupting families. We want to celebrate more birthdays!” said Dr. Ellyn Robinson, President of RWL Weightlifting, Inc. and Breast Cancer and Melanoma survivor.  

Teams of six athletes, three male and three female, will represent each club in the weightlifting portion of the contest. The full workout will be announced on October 1 and all results must be reported by October 31, 2016. Teams and clubs are also invited to join in the fundraising efforts and begin collecting donations within their local community. The top performing teams, in both the lifting and fundraising aspects, will be recognized by USA Weightlifting and the American Cancer Society.

Participation in this event will contribute to the American Cancer Society’s efforts to increase cancer awareness and raise funds throughout the community in support of life-saving research, prevention and early detection initiatives.

To register for Kilos for a Cure and create a team page, where you can recruit team members and begin your fundraising efforts, please visit the event website, or contact Greg McKeever at or 508-270-4823.

“USA Weightlifting is pleased to continue working with Robinson Weightlifting and the American Cancer Society for the second year in a row for the Kilos for a Cure campaign. We are setting the bar high this year in our efforts and hope more athletes and clubs will join us in our efforts,” said Carissa Gump, 2008 Olympian and Associate Executive Director of Business & Development of USA Weightlifting.

“We are so grateful to once again have the support of RWL Weightlifting, Inc. and USA Weightlifting for this year’s Kilos for a Cure campaign. They have both thrown their full weight behind this movement and we are very excited to see the program continue to grow in year two and beyond,” said Greg McKeever, Community Manager for the American Cancer Society.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers all coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.

RWL Weightlifting Inc., is a nonprofit organization 501(c)3 located in Franklin, MA. It is RWL’s intent to use weightlifting as a vehicle to create structure in a person’s life, to initiate goal-oriented sports training and to ultimately inspire these athletes to become part of a team community, and develop into strong people, physically and emotionally.

The Mission of USA Weightlifting shall be to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in the United States.

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