LOCAL PURE BARRE TO HOLD DONATION-ONLY CLASS FOR THE AUSTIN HATCHER FOUNDATION

Chattanooga, TN: On Saturday, April 2, Pure Barre, a national franchise of exercise studios that fuse elements of ballet, pilates and weights, will host the first of its two 2011 nationwide Pure Give classes. Through the Pure Give program, every Pure Barre studio across the nation chooses one local organization to benefit from the proceeds of its two yearly donation-only classes. The Chattanooga Pure Barre studio has chosen the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer as its 2011 Pure Give recipient.

One of the only 24 available spots in the April 2 Pure Give class, which begins at 8:30 AM, can be purchased for a donation of at least $20, the standard value of the class. All proceeds from the class will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation, whose mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life, from diagnosis through survivorship.

For more information on the Pure Barre Technique visit www.purebarre.com and to sign up for the April 2 Pure Give class call the Chattanooga Pure Barre at (423) 468-4960.

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer as well as their families through its cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of its supporters. For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org

Hatch’s House of Hope is a landmark pediatric cancer care center providing children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer, as well as the skills essential to live meaningful and productive lives as cancer survivors. The comprehensive services offered at no cost to families by Hatch’s include: problem-solving skills training, individual counseling, group counseling, marital counseling, family counseling, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, equine therapy, music therapy, art therapy, academic coaching, cognitive assessment, social skills training, cognitive skills remediation, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood. Since opening its doors in September 2009, Hatch’s has provided over 500 hours of services to children with pediatric cancer and their families. Erlanger Medical Mall in Chattanooga, TN, is the site of the first Hatch’s, which serves as the model for other Hatch’s in the planning stages nationwide. For more information, visit www.hatchshouse.org

The Pure Barre Technique is a total body workout that burns fat and produces lifted seats, toned arms, thin thighs, and flat abs by fusing elements of ballet, pilates and weights in a 55 minute intense session. Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru, Carrie Rezabek. Carrie opened her first studio in 2001 in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, MI. With no initial clients, signage or even a bathroom, the studio grew to a new location, a staff of 30 and a devoted clientele base. In 2006, Pure Barre began expanding and is now offered in studios nationwide.