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4 October 2013, 12:16
Gateshead-born singer Michelle Heaton's back on Tyneside to lead a charity 'Zumbathon' to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The event's part of a series of events by Zumba's Party In Pink which supports its Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention, which since 2010 has raised more than £2million for the fight against the disease.
In November last year, Michelle, who is pregnant with her second child, bravely opted to undergo a double mastectomy after discovering she had the mutated BRCA2 gene.
Women with the gene have an 80% chance of getting breast cancer and a 30% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Speaking to Capital about the Zumbathon, Michelle says:
"It's a great combination of dance, music, exercise and raising money for the fight against breast cancer.
Anything that includes raising money for the prevention of something that is the biggest killer of women in the UK - one in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life - is hugely important.
So if that's not enough reason to come down, then come along to shake your tush!"
The Newcastle leg of the Zumbathon takes place at Benton Dene Primary School in Longbenton between 6:30pm and 7:30pm tonight (Friday 4th October)
There's more about Party In Pink's events throughout October on their website HERE