Jabz Boxing locations are hosting donation-based classes throughout March to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.
The event was inspired by Easton Barnaby, the godson of Christina Peregrym, who owns the Peoria and Happy Valley Jabz locations. Easton was diagnosed with Down syndrome prior to his birth and had several health-related complications.
“He was one of the cutest newborns I have ever seen, which says a lot because I have kids of my own,” Peregrym said.
Two years ago, at the age of 2, Easton was diagnosed with leukemia at Phoenix Children’s Hospital after having liver problems. He died in February 2020 at the age of 3.
“I felt I needed to do a campaign in Easton’s honor,” Peregrym said. “We were going to try to do it last fall. Jabz partnered with me and agreed to run it through March for all of its locations.”
Jabz is a full-body circuit-style workout utilizing boxing-inspired exercises. Workouts, which combine cardio, strength training, core work and plyometrics, give clients a full-body workout to help keep its clients’ bodies constantly challenged. Jabz certified trainers are prepared to help guide and motivate people of all different sizes, ages and body types through an energetic and intimate workout experience.
Since it began franchising in 2013, Jabz has grown to more than 20 franchise locations open or in development in Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The benefit classes will be held at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11; Thursday, March 16; Tuesday, March 18; Thursday, March 23; and Tuesday, March 25. An additional class is 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday, March 28.
Easton’s battle was arduous. He battled respiratory infections and complications during his treatment for leukemia.
He fought hard and was incredibly brave,” Peregrym said. “He was a light and inspiration to a lot of people throughout his life.
“When a child is going through cancer treatments, there’s a lot on your mind, like where can you find help and support. CURE impressed me because 85% of the donations go to targeted research and support. They offer physical, emotional, financial and educational needs during treatment.”
Jeremy Cummings, who owns Jabz Glendale, is proud to support Peregrym’s mission.
“Cancer has touched so many lives of Jabz members and studio owners,” Cummings said. “CURE’s mission of raising awareness for treatment research and supporting childhood cancer patients and their family is inspirational. We’re proud to support CURE’s work as well as honor Easton.”
CURE was founded in 1975 by Emory University pediatric oncologist Dr. Abdel Ragab. He arrived in Atlanta as the city’s only pediatric oncologist, confronting a skeleton staff, no research budget and the lack of a basic microscope to help diagnose various types of pediatric leukemia.
After approaching members in the community hoping to get their support, they were able to raise the money needed to buy Ragab a microscope and, in turn, launch what is now known as CURE Childhood Cancer.
In the past 10 years, the nonprofit has invested more than $32 million into innovative research. While research remains a focus, the nonprofit has evolved into much more. CURE’s programs also help address the physical, emotional, financial and educational needs of families during treatment.
“We are so grateful to Jabz for its commitment to fighting childhood cancer and honored to partner in memory of Easton,” said Kristin Connor, CURE’s executive director.
“Every day, progress is being made toward cures for this terrible disease. Day by day, knowledge is growing and treatments are advancing. We are grateful for everyone who joins us in this fight. We must win. We will win.”