Pentagon MMA members raised more than $7,500 for the Arlington Free Clinic this fall through a Train-A-Thon.
Through the Sept. 30 event and fundraiser, 27 Pentagon MMA fighters and dozens of community members helped Arlington women who, in addition to experiencing economic hardship, are struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Funds raised through PMMA’s Train-A-Thon will help ease the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis by allowing AFC to provide transportation to and from chemotherapy and radiation appointments, assist with covering childcare expenses during treatment, and provide mastectomy bras which help to restore confidence — an important part of the recovery process.
The Pentagon MMA event included both a Kick-A-Thon and a Grapplethon. Sixteen adults and six children participated in the Kick-a-Thon, raising funds through participant for an amount per kick or a flat donation. The children had 15 minutes to kick, and adults had 30 minutes to kick. Five Grapplethon participants had rounds lasting 3 minutes each continuing for 2 hours, and people were invited to sponsor a participant for an amount per sparring round or a flat donation.
In addition, Lularoe Steph & Mike attended with Lularoe inventory to help raise funds, and Tortas Y Tacos La Chiquita Mexicana provided tacos and quesadillas for participants and supporting community members.