FTEC; Meet the Female Fighters!
Just in time for this years Fight To End Cancer Gala, we are introducing you to the female fighters who are taking on the challenge of their very first Boxing match!
On June 2nd, 2018, I am honoured to have the opportunity to fight for those who can’t by stepping into the ring to participate in the 7th annual Fight to End Cancer in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars with a vision of reaching a goal we all share – to Conquer Cancer!
This month will mark 8 years since we lost my Dad to dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans – an extremely rare form of cancer. It was unexpected, untreatable and slowly took over the man that all his friends, family, colleagues and clients knew. This date brings back the best memories of the father I loved so much but also the worst memories of watching him suffer an immense amount of pain. My hope is that this event will help put an end to more families having to endure this unwanted anniversary.
I am really excited to be on this journey and to feel such support from an amazing group of “fighters” – each with their own story and reason for fighting. I don’t think you ever really get over the loss of someone you love but NOW is the time I can do something about it – to raise money, to recover and get stronger.
Some would say that cancer makes you weak. I disagree. I think that cancer make you strong.
This fight is for you Dad.
I am honored to announce that I have been chosen to be one of the ten fighters on The Fight To End Cancer 2018 team, in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. For the next six months I will be trained by professional boxing coaches who will push me to my limits both physically and mentally, so I will be ready to “Kick Cancer in the Butt” when I enter the boxing ring on June 2nd.
Unfortunately, like most people, I have been affected by this disease personally. I have lost many loved ones including dear friends and family members and that is why this fundraising event is so important to me.
On November 28th, 2009 I lost my dad to colon cancer. He was very brave in his fight but eventually he lost his battle after 3 years. Our family was told that if the diagnosis had come earlier, his chance of survival would have been good. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and it was too late by the time he was diagnosed. I could have never imagined the pain I was about to go through, watching cancer slowly steal his life while I sat by helpless, knowing there was nothing I could do to stop it. Midway through his battle, my Aunt Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured many intensive treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Thankfully, eight years later, she is still with us and is healthy and cancer free. Her ending, like many others was different than my Dads and for that reason I truly do believe in research. My hope is that one day with the continued research, treatment options, and funding, we will soon be able to eradicate this terrible disease once and for all.
With your help and support I hope to reach my fundraising goal of $20 000.00 with all proceeds going directly to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, which is one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.
Thank you so much for your support!
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone and into a ring to compete in a charity boxing match in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Fight to End Cancer is an event unlike any other. Myself, along with my #FTEC2018 teammates, will commit endless hours and energy for the next seven months to train as amateur boxers for this life-changing event. So in June 2018, I will be putting on my boxing gloves and stepping into the ring to FIGHT BACK against cancer.
I have a very personal interest in the goal of this event, having lost my father to cancer at the age of 51. We were all devastated by his sudden passing. During the short and difficult time between my dad’s diagnosis and passing, I discovered I was pregnant with my first child. For those of you who knew my dad, you knew how thrilled he was to have learned of his first grandchild, a grandchild he was so very excited to meet but never got the chance to. I will be fighting this fight in honour of my dad, and for the lost time we should have shared, and the memories we should have made together.
Since my father’s passing, I have gone on to witness the intense and painful struggles of my father-in-law, and two very dear friends who have had to fight this terrible disease. I am very thankful to say that their personal fights have been successful.
Cancer has affected the lives of too many of our friends and family, and I want to help bring an end to this devastating disease! I am hopeful that in my lifetime we will be able to stop fighting and finally BEAT cancer! I ask you all to please support me on this journey and donate to make a difference in the future of cancer research.
Reserve tickets for June 2 #FTEC2018 Gala Tickets & Info
I will be spending the next 7 months training with 9 other ‘non-boxing professionals’ – and on June 2, 2018 I will be stepping into the ring to ‘literally’ fight to end cancer.
In June of 2016, my mother Iris Collins – one of the most vibrant, caring and selfless people I have ever known – was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and within 10 weeks she was gone. Prior to her diagnosis, my mother was as healthy as a 77-year-old could possibly be. In some ways I still haven’t accepted it, and feel that our entire family was robbed of the many more years we should have enjoyed with her.
I am fighting for her – as well as for the countless others I know who have been impacted by this terrible disease.
Anyone who knows me knows that before this July I had never seen the inside of a gym. But if you are looking for me between now and next June, that’s likely where you’ll find me.
I am incredibly grateful for all of the support – I have a very lofty goal but know that together we can do it!
Please consider donating to this very worthy cause and giving me that extra motivation to keep going, AND consider joining us on June 2nd, 2018 – #FTEC2018 – Gala Information and Tickets
Thank you so much for your support!