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April 28, 2020
Giving Back: Dave & Kim DiBiaggio
The hardest move in gymnastics is the triple double (a double back flip with three twists). But organizing the largest USAG women’s gymnastics meet in the nation with 4,000 athletes from over 100 gyms to raise thousands of dollars for Unite for HER, while also educating about breast and ovarian cancer care and prevention, may be even more challenging. Pink Invitational organizers Kim and Dave Di Biaggio, however, would be quick to say that this is nothing compared to the battle millions of women wage against breast and ovarian cancer. And they couldn’t do it without their family and a core group of dedicated volunteers who have become dear friends.
“It’s more than a meet—it’s an event,” Kim says. Every February, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is transformed into “a six-ring circus” featuring over 50 sessions, celebrity gymnasts, patient testimonials, healthy living education, and vendors. Kim spends months planning, rostering, and scheduling, and Dave makes sure the complicated scoring goes smoothly so everyone gets the correct pink medal. “It’s part of our lives now,” Dave says. And it’s such a special event that gyms return year after year. Unite for HER, founded by breast cancer survivor Sue Weldon, provides support and integrative therapies like massage, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling
to help restore breast and ovarian cancer patients during and after medical treatments.
Grateful patients are often amazed by what a difference this kind of comprehensive healthcare can make. Kim and Dave are so committed to helping these women they add something new to their version of the triple double every year. This year, it’s adding level
2 gymnasts and 300 athletes. What’s new for next year?
To find out more about United for Her visit https://uniteforher.org/