<p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/dljsONGUBEA" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><\/iframe><\/p>\r\nMORGANTOWN\u00a0\u2014\u00a0Sometimes a little friendly competition and some extra motivation is all that is needed to make a meaningful impact.\r\n\r\nRecently, Crossfit Morgantown gym raised more than $18,000 for \u201cBarbells for Boobs,\u201d a charity that raises awareness for breast cancer and helps women and men under the age of 40 to get breast cancer screenings that can\u2019t afford it.\r\n\r\n\u201cEvery year, gyms from all around the world participate in \u2018Barbells for Boobs\u2019 organization, which essentially, we partner with \u2018Barbells for Boobs\u2019 and it is crowdsourced fundraising, where we take our members, our friends and we have them donate to the cause,\u201d said Jeff Giosi, owner of Crossfit Morgantown.\r\n\r\nThe fundraiser started in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and ran all the way until Dec. 31.\r\n\r\nAccording to Giosi, the money that his gym raised will go directly towards helping 228 people get the breast cancer screenings that they need. Also, of all the gyms worldwide that participated in \u201cBarbells for Boobs,\u201d Crossfit Morgantown ranked tenth in total money raised.\r\n\r\nFor the past few years, Crossfit Morgantown has been locked in an interstate fundraising rivalry with Crossfit Coal, a gym near Beckley, W.Va.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere were some interesting text messages and Facebook messages between (Crossfit Coal owner) Chip (Williams) and I, with maybe a little friendly trash talking going back-and-forth,\u201d Giosi said. \u201cI knew that he was going to come in big in December, and he believed that I was going to come in big in December.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn recent years, Crossfit Coal has held the \u201cBarbells for Boobs\u201d fundraising title for the state, and looked poised to repeat again this year, until a late surge from Crossfit Morgantown on the final day of the fundraiser stole the state title away.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe last day of the fundraiser, we were at about $13,000,\u201d Giosi said. \u201cWe did $5,300 that day just from our members getting excited about the cause.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cReally what we talked about, which was awesome, is the spirit of everything we\u2019re trying to do here, our little friendly rivalry, all it was doing was impacting more lives. Our back-and-forth, all we were doing was fighting to see who could impact more people.\u201d\r\n\r\nJoe Bartolo, a member of Crossfit Morgantown, never anticipated what a resounding success it would turn out to be. He credits Giosi\u2019s motivation and enthusiasm for pushing the gym\u2019s members to raise more and to donate more.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis year, (Giosi) challenged us to be the state champions,\u201d Bartolo said. \u201cHe said he\u2019d never been a state champion in anything, and together we could all be state champions. It all came down to Dec. 31, New Year\u2019s Eve. It was neck-and-neck all night long, and with Jeff\u2019s motivation and with all of our members we dug deep and continued to dig deep.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cBarbells for Boobs\u201d was founded by Zionna Hanson in California in 2009 after her best friend Cecy Morales was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26.\r\n\r\nMorales was initially denied from being able to use her insurance to get screened because of her age, so Hanson decided to use her passion for fitness to help her friend. Hanson and 60 of her closest friends and supporters raised more than $4000 in a small parking lot in Morales\u2019 honor, and thus \u201cBarbells for Boobs\u201d was born.