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Pilates With A Purpose; Free Class to Benefit Live for Liv Foundation


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Class participants at Westford Pilates and Yoga. COURTESY PHOTO
Class participants at Westford Pilates and Yoga.
Westford Pilates & Yoga is offering a free  class to those who register for the Ride for Live/Run for Live on July 15 or to those who donate $25 or more to the Live for Liv Foundation.
The event will take place at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Westford, on July 15. It includes a 5K walk/run, 6-mile ride, 23-mile ride, and 50-mile ride. A barbecue lunch is offered to anyone who attends. Kimball’s ice cream, kids activities, raffles and massages are included. Register at www.bikereg.com.
Event participants and donors of $25 or more may take any regularly scheduled class at Westford Pilates and Yoga from July 14 to 20 for free. Proof of registration or check made out to the Live for Liv Foundation qualifies anyone for the free class.
The class on Saturday, July 14 will be specifically designed to prepare walkers, runners and bikers for the event.  All classes will be limited to 15 people and require pre-registration. Class schedule is at westfordpilates.com and registration for the free class must arrive by email to chris@westfordpilates.com.
The Live for Liv Foundation was created after an act of domestic violence took the life of 17-year-old Olivia “Liv” Marchand of Westford on Feb. 1, 2010. Her mother Jody Marchand was critically wounded. Police say Olivia’s father, Brian Marchand, shot his daughter and wife and then turned the gun on himself, succumbing to his injuries. Olivia was a senior at Westford Academy and was on her way to the University of Vermont in the fall.
After healing from her critical wounds, Marchand founded the organization to keep her daughter’s memory alive.
About Westford Pilates
Westford Pilates & Yoga was established in 2007. Classes are designed to improve strength, posture, and flexibility through high quality, supportive instruction.
Personal Commentary by Westford Pilates and Yoga Owner, Chris Kandianis

As the owner of Westford Pilates and Yoga, I have been supporting the Live for Liv Foundation for several years. When the domestic violence incident that caused Olivia’s death occurred, my daughter was a senior at Westford Academy. The loss hit our family very deeply even though we didn’t know Olivia personally. It brought home the realization that there are many other hidden, abusive relationships out there and people need community support. It is truly amazing to see the courage and fortitude Jody Marchand has shown to further the cause with her fundraising and motivational talks.

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