Local fitness studio raising money to end relationship abuse

Posted at 7:22 AM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 13:10:30-05

Exercising for a cause! February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and you can jump on a bike to raise money to end relationship abuse. 

For their one year anniversary, Core Cycle Studios is donating 100 percent of class proceeds on Tuesday to the One Love Foundation. Tuesday's donations follow over $4,000 raised last year during the studio's Grand Opening. 

"It's more important than ever for us to teach our children about all aspects of healthy living, including healthy relationships, something I strive to do with my two young daughters each day," said Heather Chilcot, owner of Core Cycle Studios. "We are inviting the community to not only celebrate with us but to continue to support such important organizations like One Love."

Rise Biscuits Donuts and GabbaGreen are also teaming up with Core Cycle Studios to donate 10% of their proceeds Tuesday to the One Love Foundation. 

Courtney Mullin, 22, a One Love Young Professionals member, lived through the red flags and fell into the trap of an abusive relationship.

"I had a fractured skull I had staples in my head," she said. She was abused freshman year of college by her boyfriend. That night they came home from a party, got into an argument and he shoved her, hitting her head on the radiator.

He didn't want her to go to the hospital that night... So she waited, telling her friends and family she fell in the shower.

"I think one of the things I learned in college was that nobody actually knows how to drink and everyone thinks that they do and just was an unfortunate night that ended differently than it should have," she said.

It was a kind nurse who gave her a card with domestic violence information on it that helped her see what was happening.

Her friends, family and One Love helped her heal. The driving reason behind her giving back every chance she gets.

"When you get this many people in a room kind of you're on a bike going nowhere but you're all working toward one thing, it's really powerful," Mullin said.

"The momentum is here and we have 109 people so far signed up, just over 2,500 [dollars]," Owner of Core Cycle Studios, Heather Chilcot said. 

Chilcot hopes to raise more than $4,000, beating their grand opening totals, that also went to One Love.

She hopes to instill the giving bug in her young daughters, "really look on the inside, how much love does our heart have and when can we give back."