Fight To End Cancer 6th Annual Event; Interview with Founder Jennifer Huggins
About Fight To End Cancer
Founded in 2011, the Fight To End Cancer has raised over?$600,000.00, in support of cancer research, with proceeds going directly to the Princess Margaret Urgent Cancer Priorities Fund at the?Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
The year-long fundraising efforts of the Fight To End Cancer are celebrated each year in an event like no other. Featuring a new group of white-collar men and women, with no prior boxing experience, Fight To End Cancer?s annual black tie gala concludes months of their intense training, in true Olympic-style boxing, and hard work in achieving personal fundraising goals. Fight To End Cancer has quickly grown to become a premium fundraiser and showcases these brave individuals, as they lace up their gloves and step into our ring to help knock out cancer.
Now in its 6th Year, we wanted to ask FTEC founder Jennifer Huggins how she feels about being her 6th FTEC event and how important is is to her to have a female fight on the FTEC big event night.
How does it feel to be hosting your 6th FTEC event?
In one word? Unreal! Time has passed so quickly since starting the Fight To End Cancer, it?s hard to find time to reflect. FTEC continues to be an incredible journey. Now, we?re so close to the day we?ve all been working toward for an entire year, FTEC2017 ? I can?t wait.
What have been the biggest developments of FTEC over the last 6 years?
I love what Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) has become. We?ve grown from local fundraiser, to being a global movement. I am inspired to see how each and every ambassador, sponsor, and volunteer has become true family! Individuals and companies have created their own ?Fights To End Cancer? and it?s caused a chain reaction. I?ve always felt that this is ALL of our fight, but this year we are literally fighting cancer worldwide, raising funds, awareness and hope.
How important is it for you as a female coach and referee to have a female fight?
I grew up in an era that saw women as being too ?pretty? or ?delicate? to compete in a sport like boxing. Though it was satisfying in many ways to prove that I truly belonged in the industry, it was always frustrating to fight against so many misconceptions about my gender minimizing, or even contributing to any successes I accomplish.
Since the induction of 3 women?s weight classes into the 2012 London Olympics, women?s boxing leaped from being viewed as a novelty, to being a much-anticipated showcase of the sport.
When I first started the Fight To End Cancer, I was coaching a very special female boxer, Janaya Khan. She was more talented and outworked all of the men on our fight team. I wanted the world to see what boxing truly was, so I booked her a bout with the Provincial Champion, Kassandra O?Reilly. These two put on an incredible show; it had nothing to do with their gender, and everything to do with their skill!
Since our inaugural year, we feature a female bout as our Co-Main Event and it always proves to be fight of the night, helping to educate the world on boxing, and female in sport.
What are you most looking forward to about the night?
I get just as nervous for the FTEC fighters, as if I were the one stepping in the ring to compete. I?m excited to see each of the 10 boxers enjoy the night of their lives. There?s nothing like taking on the challenge of competing in an amateur boxing match. The journey has been so intense and will be so rewarding.
How much money are you hoping to raise this year?
Each year I try to ?one-up? the last, I guess that?s my competitive side coming out. As the fighters work hard to achieve their ambitious fundraising goals, I?m working with our ambassadors and sponsors to help reach $200,000 for 2017. If we get there, this will be the most we?ve ever achieved in a single year! Let me rephrase that? When we get there!
Defeat Is Not An Option!
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