Jeff Angileri
Jul 29, 2009, 7:20 PM

A special fundraiser this weekend offers you a chance to get fit and help people whose lives are affected by cancer at the same time.

It's a Zumbathon.

People who Zumba know the amazing effect it can have on a person's body.

"Energized is probably the best word," said Kathy Sitter. "And it's absolutely fun."

Kathy is a 2-year breast cancer survivor. She started Zumba after her radiation treatments, looking for a way to get her bounce back.

"It's really fun. It's so much different than forcing yourself to go to the gym," she said. "You don't have to feel self conscious whether you can dance well or not."

Zumba instructor Jill Budde calls it fitness dance. "Everybody can do it," she said. "Everybody can be successful in it. It doesn't feel like exercise."

Jill is taking Kathy's story to heart. She and her fianc are also inspired by one of their dance heroes, Patrick Swayze, and his fight with prostate cancer.

Now, Jill and other Zumba instructors are getting ready to host Zumbathon -- it's a charity event to benefit Gilda's Club -- which helps supports people living with cancer. It's a natural partnership, instructors say, because the rhythmic dances of Zumba are helping people live better lives.

"It comes from inside of you," said Joe Lee, co-organizer. "It comes from your heart. The music is so energizing that you forget what's happening to your feet and you start dancing with your heart."

The Zumbathon takes place August 1st.

It goes from 12pm to 3pm at Turner Hall -- just north of the beltline on Stoughton Road.

They're asking for a 10 dollar donation -- proceeds go to Gilda's Club.