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Pink Treadmill Benefits Cancer Research

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ARDMORE, OK-- Alright guys, what would you think about a hot pink treadmill at your gym? There's one in Ardmore and we set out to find out what it's all about. Meredith Saldana has more on this story.

It's a pink treadmill, that is helping gym members raise money for cancer research.     

The Ardmore Family YMCA has a new addition, a hot pink treadmill and it's the talk of the gym.

Personal Trainer Vicki Richardson says, "We get a lot of comments from guys that come in they're like, 'oh a pink treadmill.' They kinda, you know, kinda act goofy about it and then we say, 'you know what that treadmill's for? You know it's for breast cancer awareness and for cancer in general' and then they get pretty serious."    

Cybex, the company that makes the treadmill, has teamed up with the YMCA.

For every mile run on the pink cardio machine, Cybex donates 10 cents to cancer research.

"I love it, I love it and we're giving them hats, white hats with pink ribbons, the pink bands and we love it," says Richardson.

Yvonne Martin is a cancer survivor of three years, she says it promotes a healthy lifestyle, a key reason she's still here today.  

"Oh, I think it's great. You know when I had my breast cancer in 2007, I had a lot of support and the American Cancer Society was wonderful and they told me then if my body hadn't been in such good condition, that I wouldn't have survived."

Martin says running on the treadmill gives her an exciting rush.

"Oh, I feel wonderful. I feel exhilarated, I can do it. Anybody can do it."

The YMCA also has a board to write down loved ones names who lost their lives to cancer or who are fighting it today.

"I actually put my moms name on one of those ribbons and I thought I was just gonna start balling up there doing it," says Richardson. "So it's a very moving thing to do."

If you'd like to hop on the pink treadmill, the program lasts thru the month of October but the treadmill is there to stay.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News