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Use the fundamentals of boxing to get into the best shape of your life from the comfort of your own home! Jennifer Huggins and Virgil Barrow will be coming to you live from Kingsway Boxing Club with fun boxing drills packed into an effective 45 min workout for any age or fitness level! We’re also offering a range of other classes run bout our High-Performance Fitness Professionals…

All you need is enough space to drop into burpees and pushups! Maybe bring a water bottle if you decide you need a quick break.

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(Active members receive unlimited access to the online class schedule listed below)


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ONLINE PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS



Kingsway Boxing presents our exclusive Virtual Corporate Training and Team Building Program


Are you ready for an intensive virtual visit from our Internationally and Nationally Certified Coaches?

This package gets your team off the ropes as we break down the essential components of boxing. Forget PowerPoint…this This is power punch time!
This program is easily accessible to the average recreational sports enthusiast, or even to those who haven’t been out from behind their Facebook pages or off the couch in a while! Our program is structured to systematically demonstrate and participate in the technical, offensive, and defensive aspects of boxing with fun, energy, and confidence.

You are guaranteed to benefit from this programs’ ability to sharpen focus, build teamwork and improve confidence.

After our workshops, you will have the knowledge of:

  • Basic Boxing Technique
  • Body Awareness
  • Self-defence
  • Offensive Tactics… and so much more

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FTEC Charity Boxing


Founded in 2011, the Fight To End Cancer has raised nearly $1.5 million dollars, in support of cancer research, with proceeds going directly to the the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation


Featuring a new group of white-collar men and women each year, 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.

More Info | Become A Fighter

Boxing & Cross Training Workshops

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Kingsway Boxing specializes in creating programs catered to the individual needs of our clients.  We pride ourselves in not charging a membership to those who are only looking for individualized training. In addition to a wide array of predetermined boxing programs, we also offer the following services:

  • Semi-Private or Private Training: Are you looking for a more personal approach to training that fits your schedule?  With packages starting as low as $30 per session, this is the perfect option for you!
  • Group Training: This option is great for groups of 3 or more people who are looking to train at the same time.
  • Sports Team and Athletic Cross-Training: These programs are uniquely customized to the individual sport. Specializing in both outdoor and indoor training, these programs are ideal for increasing strength, agility and overall success in your sport.
  • On and Off-Site Boxing Workshops:  Kingsway Boxing presents Sport Team, School and Corporate Workshops include an intensive visit from our Nationally Certified Senior Coaches  Boxing Ontario Nationally Certified Coaches and assisted by licensed competitive boxers.This package gets your students/employees on the mat as we break down the essential components of boxing.   Forget homework…this is punch time!

    This program is easily accessible to the average recreational sport enthusiast, or even to those who haven’t been out from behind their Facebook pages or off the couch in awhile!  Our program is structured to systematically demonstrate and participate in the technical, offensive and defensive aspects of boxing with fun, energy, and confidence.

    You are guaranteed to benefit from this program’s ability to sharpen focus, build teamwork and improve your students’ confidence.

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Fusion-Fit Women ONLY Programs

Come into our Bloor Street studio and join other health-minded women in a high-energy, small group fitness class. Fusion-Fit is designed to work for every single muscle group. The program is a combination of strength training, cardio, boxing, core conditioning and flexibility. Each and every class is unique, challenging and fun! All fitness levels are welcome!

Program Options

High Performance Yoga

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Yoga provides athletes with training and tools that will allow them to excel in their chosen field. This Yoga Series will focus on slow flow hatha yoga for recharging, refreshing and restoring.  Move slowly and purposefully from posture to posture, taking time to breathe while quieting your mind.

Each individual sport has very different demands, we also offer Beginner and Sport Specific Yoga which provides athletes with training and tools that will allow them to excel in their chosen field.

Program Options

Exclusive FightCamp Program

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Kingsway Boxing presents “FightCamp”. This 1-day intensive camp is lead by Boxing Ontario Nationally Certified Coaches, Officials and assisted by licensed competitive boxers. FightCamp was developed to fast track students to learn the essentials of amateur boxing in a safe and effective manner. The program has been used by the average recreational sport enthusiast, all the way up to the elite boxer looking to further their skills in the sport. Open to men and women, we will give you the chance to learn, improve or test your skills as an Olympic style boxer.

Once you complete this camp you will qualify to train in the competitive and recreational boxing programs offered by Kingsway Boxing. You will also qualify to acquire your Amateur Boxing license through Kingsway Boxing Club. Being licensed under the sanctioning body of Boxing Ontario will allow you to compete at the amateur level. You will also receive a complete FightCamp Handbook outlining each component along with structured workouts to help you perfect your skills.

Program Options

Girls Teen Boxing Program

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The Girls Teen BOXING Program is run by Canadian National Coach and 3-Star International Referee/Judge, Jennifer Huggins. After recognizing the incredible impact the sport has had on her life, she felt it was necessary to share her passion with the youth of the community. The girls who participate in this class learn the technical components of boxing and are given an opportunity to explore their confidence in ways that will help them in all walks of life. We look forward to welcoming the girls back and opening the doors to others looking to share in the experience.

Space is limited, sign up today!

Program Options

Co-Ed Teen Boxing Program

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Boxing is one of the best activities for physical, mental and overall health. It is also a sport with endless opportunities and benefits. After great success with our specialty programs since 2013, the Co-Ed Teen Boxing Classes have become one of our most popular programs. We look forward to welcoming the teens back and opening the doors to others looking to share in the experience.

The Teen Boxing Programs run 5 to 12 weeks depending on the season and are focused on the technical and fitness aspects of boxing. We include a free access membership to the Boxing Gym location (22 Jutland Rd. Unit B. Toronto ON) for the duration of the program.

Space is limited, sign up today!

Program Options

Kids 7+ Boxing Program

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Boxing is one of the most enjoyable sports for people of all ages. Introducing the sport at a young age helps kids develop the skills and confidence they need moving forward in other sports, and even in everyday life. With registration at capacity each season, the Kids Boxing Classes have proven to be one of our most popular programs. We look forward to welcoming the kids back and opening the doors to other children looking to share in the experience.

The Kids 7+ Boxing Programs run 5 to 12 weeks depending on the season and are focused on the technical and fitness aspects of boxing. We include a free access membership to the Boxing Gym location (22 Jutland Rd. Unit B. Toronto ON) for the duration of the program.

Space is limited, sign up today!

Program Options

3 Month Special – Only $300.00

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With the 3 Month Special Membership, you can choose from any scheduled classes, including women’s only and technical sparring (must qualify). With the regular price for this package is $380.00, If you plan on attending more than one class per week this package will pay off in the first month!

THE 3 MONTH SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP GIVES YOU:

  • Unlimited Scheduled Classes (including Sparring and Technical Classes)*
  • Unlimited access to the “Open Training” at the Boxing Gym

* Youth Members – Access to Youth Technical and Sparring Classes

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Ready To Get Training? Packages Starting at $95.00

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With nationally certified boxing coaches and personal trainers, you can jump into our boxing classes or book private sessions at your convenience. Take a look below at our most popular packages people get started with…

THE STARTER PACKAGE | $95.00

  • 5 scheduled classes including access to women’s only classes at the High Performance Studios
  • Unlimited access to “Open Training” hours at the Boxing Gym for duration of the package

With the Starter Package, you can choose from any Conditioning or Technical class on the schedules. With classes suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels, this is the perfect package to get started at Kingsway Boxing. Once you have completed your Starter Package, you can decide which route you would like to take – jump into the ring, or continue jumping rope and exercising for fun!

3 PRIVATE LESSON SPECIAL | $100.00

Book in with boxing coach to learn the essentials of boxing, or to get the best workout of your life. If you’re looking for a workout that incorporates weights and overall fitness, our roster of coaches are also nationally certified personal trainers. Practice your skills for the duration of the package with access to our Boxing Gym Location during ‘Open Training Hours’.

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*All special packages – available to new clients only.

THE STRENGTH OF A WOMAN | BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – IT’S LIFE OR DEATH!


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Natasa Jamnik-Sousa (Blue) Vs. Samantha Krystantos (Red) in what was one of Fight To End Cancer's most talked about fights in the 2016 Charity Boxing Gala. Photo Credit: Dayrit Photography
Natasa Jamnik-Sousa (Blue) Vs. Samantha Krystantos (Red) in what was one of Fight To End Cancer’s most talked about fights in the 2016 Charity Boxing Gala.
Photo Credit: Dayrit Photography

On average, 96,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 37,000 women will die from cancer. Promoting the awareness of the effects cancer has on women is a very big theme of our initiatives. Every year, the Fight To End Cancer Gala features, at least one female bout that proves to be the ‘Fight Of The Night’.

Life becomes more bearable when we possess awareness. Simply put, awareness allows us to have choices and choices deliver freedom. I feel honored to have been asked to present this incredible depiction of a woman’s struggle when faced with Breast Cancer and, what I am even more proud of is that this has been done solely in the name of awareness. What has been created is a portrayal of courage, strength and tenacity along with a representation of fearlessness and intensity that no person should ever have to endure in a lifetime.

Sadly, too many women are forced into a battle they are never ready for and, too many of them have, and continue to lose that unwanted battle. Too many families are left without their mothers, daughters, wives, sisters & friends and subsequently with a void that can never be filled.

In honor of every woman that has fought this terrible battle, my good friend has put together her impression of the struggles faced with breast cancer – or any life-threatening illness for that matter – separating them into stages. Since she is a hairstylist, she used her artistic ability to show the beauty that comes along with the battle. She has given us an amazing illustration of boldness, determination, bravery and spirit during a time where all these characteristics would otherwise seem impossible. Today, in honor of every woman that has lost the battle, we are starting a campaign of awareness and strength. A message to all women to take advantage of the preventative measures we have available to us. We are sending a message to stop waiting until the battle within has begun, to stop waiting until the only choice you have is to fight a battle you never dreamed of fighting. In honor of anyone that has lived through this terrible disease, whether personally, or at the bedside of a loved one, let us join hands and create enough awareness to end this unnecessary fight.

Victoria Pelas has created an illustration of the struggles that are endured within, when faced with the possibility of actually having to fight for your life. She has done this in 3-phases, gracefully showing us the strength and confidence that must accompany the fear and uncertainty.

The first phase is the Anticipation Phase:

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The Anticipation Phase signifies a waiting period. A waiting period full of uncertainty and dread but also occupied with reflection and being. Once the waiting period has ended, we enter the Battle Phase.


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The Battle Phase is undoubtedly the most difficult phase. When looking into these women’s eyes you see fear and determination at the same time. You see strength and purpose, regardless of the uncertainty they are consumed with. They are disheveled, yet put together and there is such a profound emotional contrast that comes alive through the pictures. This is a strikingly beautiful representation of the battle that goes on inside a fighter.


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And finally…THE VICTORY! Here we see a combination of revival and rebirth, along with calmness and relief. Even though the battle is over, life will never be the same for the people that have had to endure the difficulties of it. The never-ending fear of the possibility of a second, or third battle will always exist within them. The memories and fear rarely become a distant memory but instead live in close proximity to those it has affected.

Our campaign of Awareness begins NOW! Let us spread the word and never stop, until every woman is aware and has choices. Interestingly enough, we recently heard of Angelina Jolie’s brave decision to not only have a double mastectomy but to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. This was a very personal choice and just as she indicated herself; just because it was the right decision for her and her family, that does not make it right for everyone. However, being aware of your circumstance allows you to have choices and choices bring you freedom to decide what is best for you!

Eleni Makedonas Writer, Mom, Founder of The Chatter Boxx, HuffPost Blogger! www.thechatterboxx.com Follow me on twitter @TheBoxxChatter
Eleni Makedonas
Writer, Mom, Founder of The Chatter Boxx, HuffPost Blogger!
www.thechatterboxx.com
Follow me on twitter @TheBoxxChatter

~ With all my love!

CANADIAN ACTOR CRAIG LAUZON’S THOUGHTS ON FIGHTING TO END CANCER


BUT FIRST… JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S FIGHT TO END CANCER | FEATURING CRAIG LAUZON



Canadian Actor Craig Lauzon Reflects On Fighting To End Cancer

 

with Erica McMaster


craig-lauzon-boxingEvery year the Fight To End Cancer features a new team of extraordinary men and women.  From lawyers and CEO’s to Canadian Actors like 2016’s Main Event, Craig Lauzon.

Collectively with his 9 teammates, An astounding $120,000.00 was raised within their personal networks. Coupled with the night’s additional fundraising efforts at the Gala, we project over $170,000.00 will be directly donated to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in 2016.

In Craig’s own words:

“My #FTEC2016 journey started back in 2012 when I got to work with one of my idols, August Schellenberg or Augie as his friends called him, you may remember him as Randolph from the Free Willy franchise of films. In 1967 he dreamt of an all Aboriginal King Lear…well in 2012 he finally lived that dream and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. Playing Kent to his Lear was a dream come true for me. Just over a year later he was gone, taken by cancer.

August Werner Schellenberg (July 25, 1936 – August 15, 2013) was a Canadian- born actor (Photo: On set of the 1997 Film "Free Willy"
August Werner Schellenberg (July 25, 1936 – August 15, 2013) was a Canadian- born actor and the inspiration for Fight To End Cancer’s 2016 Main Event, Craig Lauzon.
(Photo: On set of the 1993 Film “Free Willy”)

As a youth, Augie had been a Golden Gloves boxer in Montreal. He was tough as nails and he loved boxing as much as he loved acting. I had heard about the Fight to End Cancer through a fellow comic, Dave Martin.

Erica McMaster, 2015 FTEC Fighter, supporting Craig Lauzon at the 2016 Official Media Day 1 week before fight night
Erica McMaster, 2015 FTEC Fighter, supporting Craig Lauzon at the 2016 Official Media Day 1 week before fight night

Originally I’d been accepted as a fighter for #FTEC2015 but due to work had to drop out early on. However, my beautiful, brave and amazing partner in all things, Erica McMaster, took up the challenge and fought her heart out and raised over $11k. She was incredible and inspirational. I was fortunate enough to have her experience and support during my Fight to End Cancer journey this year.

Being an FTEC Fighter was the hardest and most fulfilling thing I’ve ever taken on…aside from being a Dad (thankfully, to this point neither of my children has punched me in the face haha). The family that I have gained- and they are family – are some of the most dedicated and big-hearted people I have ever met. I know that they will forever be a part of my life. There will never be a way to thank you, but to the over 100 donors that help me surpass my goal of $10k and Jen, Virg and TJ, I love you guys.”

2016 Fight To End Cancer Main Event, Craig Lauzon, moments before stepping into the ring on June 4, 2016 Photo Credit: Eric Tavares
2016 Fight To End Cancer Main Event, Craig Lauzon, moments before stepping into the ring on June 4, 2016
Photo Credit: Eric Tavares

While the come down after an event such as this can be huge, Lauzon has had plenty to keep him busy since June 4th, and has a lot more on the horizon. Having just wrapped filming Derek Miller’s “Guilt Free Zone” for APTN, he’ll be hunkering down to rehearse before heading to Iqaluit in late July to perform Darrell Dennis’ award winning one man show, “Tales of an Urban Indian”, and his new play “The Group” to be work shopped at Weesageechak a festival of new works with Native Earth Performing Arts. He’ll be capping off the year with another Royal Canadian Air Farce New Years Eve Special on CBC where you can catch Lauzon at what he does best, character comedy.

Behind the scenes on the set of Derek "Guilt Free Zone" Left to Right: Darrell Dennis, Herbie Barnes, Craig Lauzon and Michaela Washburn
Behind the scenes on the set of Derek Miller’s “Guilt Free Zone”
Left to Right: Darrell Dennis, Herbie Barnes, Craig Lauzon and Michaela Washburn

As for boxing and whether he’ll stick with it?

“I am hooked and will continue to train, spar and call myself a boxer. As for stepping into the ring again…undetermined but I really hate being 0-1, so I won’t say never.”


Help the 2016 team who are still trying to hit their $200,000.00 goal in direct support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

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MAKING IT HAPPEN WITH THE FIGHT TO END CANCER


Make It Happen Media (MIH) has been a partner of the Fight To End Cancer since 2015, literally helping us to ‘Make It Happen’. Most recently, MIH helped us forge one of our newest relationship with Z103.5 as our first ever Official Radio Partners. We feel so fortunate to have Carol Cirillo, founder of MIH, and her team in our corner!

Carol Cirillo and Katherine Cott of Make It Happen Media with the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team
Carol Cirillo and Katherine Cott of Make It Happen Media with the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Fight Team


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Some people spend their time waiting for something to happen. Others spend their time wishing for something to happen. Here, we waste no time and just make it happen. And this is exactly what we can do for you and your company. Instead of peering in from the outside trying to assess your business needs, we pride ourselves on the ability to just jump right in and get to the core of what has to be done. We become a part of your company and invest in your success.
Make it Happen Media is a one stop shop. We start at the top and provide strategic planning and media services and then work our way down deeper. We keep everything under one roof to come up with a solution to your every business need.

Carol Cirillo is the founder of Make It Happen Media. She has spent her whole career in media services, finally launching her own agency following her own strict personal guidelines and philosophies. This hybrid agency is a direct reflection of how she thinks and works. Her ability to understand a client’s needs, infused with a creative vision, build a strong foundation for a dynamic advertising and marketing plan.

ON THE SCENE NETWORK AT THE FIGHT TO END CANCER 2016



Fight To End Cancer Gala 2016

5th annual Fight to End Cancer fundraising gala turned out bigger and better than anyone had expected. Featuring elegant gourmet dinner, various entertainers along with Olympic-style boxing, the event has raised over $500,000 in just 5 years, directly supporting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. OTSN host Darriel Roy caught up with the host of the event Ben Mulroney as well as Fight to End Cancer founder Jennifer Huggins. @fightendcancer @thePMCF @OTSNmedia


1 - OTSN_280“On The Scene Network” is a web series & TV Show that provides an exclusive look at some of the hottest charity and celebrity events! Our show will inspire you with thought provoking celebrity interviews, while focusing on different philanthropy efforts.

I FIGHT TO END CANCER FOR…


WE ARE ALL A PART OF THE FIGHT TO END CANCER


Who OR What Are You Fighting For?



JOIN THE FIGHT!


Fight To End Cancer Lead Partner, Jim Mosher of Landscape Plus, continues to fight for his community until we end cancer for good!
Fight To End Cancer Lead Partner, Jim Mosher of Landscape Plus, continues to fight for his community until we end cancer for good!

Featuring a new group of white-collar men and women each year, 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.

Fight To End Cancer has one core mission; to end cancer. For us, there is no other option. Our motto is simple. Defeat Is NOT An Option!


Our gala event is just one part of an ongoing fundraising effort by Fight To End Cancer. Though our Annual Boxing Gala will continue to be the “Main Event” celebration of our fundraising efforts, we are always looking to expand our Corporate and Support Teams. These teams will open the doors to allow just about any and everyone to fight with us. If you are interested in joining the fight with your company or corporation, please start by reviewing:

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Canadian actor and 2016 Main Event, Craig Lauzon, stepped into the ring to literally knockout cancer!
Canadian actor and 2016 Main Event, Craig Lauzon, stepped into the ring to literally knockout cancer!

The decision to fight for such a meaningful cause, is one that will be life changing. Whether you embark on this journey for yourself, a family member or a friend who is, or has had to fight cancer, you are truly a hero. To better understand the challenges and commitments you would be taking on, please read through the material provided below and be sure to read our News and Media.
If you are interested in becoming a “Charity Boxer” in our annual gala event please thoroughly read:

Become A Fighter


Our Fight To End Cancer support teams at the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Gala
Our Fight To End Cancer support teams at the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Gala

Are you just looking to join the fight as a volunteer or official FTEC staff member? We are always looking to expand our teams with people who encompass a variety of skill-sets. Please take a moment to fill out the application below:

Staff Application

FIGHT TO END CANCER’S BIGGEST YEAR-TO-DATE MAKES IT A KNOCKOUT SUCCESS!


5th ANNUAL GALA RAISES OVER $500,000.00, BENEFITING THE PRINCESS MARGARET CANCER FOUNDATION


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Left to Right: MC & Host, Ben Mulroney, Canadian Olympic Boxer, Mandy Bujold and FTEC Founder, Jennifer Huggins on the Red Carpet at the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Gala
Left to Right: MC & Host, Ben Mulroney, Canadian Olympic Boxer, Mandy Bujold and FTEC Founder, Jennifer Huggins on the Red Carpet at the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Gala

Tuesday June 7, 2016 – TORONTO, ON – The 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala (FTEC) was our biggest and most successful year ever! The sold out event was hosted by CTV ETALK’s, Ben Mulroney at the historic Old Mill Inn, in Toronto’s west end. The Gala brought together some of the city’s top executives and influencers, who cheered on our 2016 Fight Team. The fighters consisted of a group of 10 brave men and women, with no prior boxing experience, who stepped into the ring in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

The evening was a bittersweet one, which happened to fall on the day when the world lost a true icon from the boxing world, Muhammad Ali. Fight To End Cancer’s 2016 Gala was dedicated to Ali, in honour of the legacy that he left behind both in and outside of the ring.

Co-Main Event's, Samantha Krystantos, wowed the crowd and judges against her opponent, Natasa Jamnik-Sousa, from start to finish with one of the most talked about walkouts and fights of the night. Photo Credit: Nicholas Theodorou
Co-Main Event’s, Samantha Krystantos, wowed the crowd and judges against her opponent, Natasa Jamnik-Sousa, from start to finish with one of the most talked about walkouts and fights of the night.
Photo Credit: Nicholas Theodorou

One of the most exciting bouts of the night was showcased by the Co-Main Event (the female bout of the night’s entertainment). Presenting the awards for this bout was Canadian Olympic-bound boxer, Mandy Bujold who in her own words had this to say:

“It was an honour to present the awards to these ladies who had the courage to step into the ring and fight for this amazing cause. I take my hat off to all the the fighters who took part in this event. I will say the girls fight was one of the most entertaining bouts of the evening. These girls put it all on the line and put on a really skilled bout for the crowd.”

Five sanctioned Olympic-style boxing matches (four male bouts, one female bout) were the perfect celebration for the commitment and hard work of our 2016 fighters. After several months of both training and fundraising, all 10 of our fighters are true champions! An astounding $120,000.00 was raised within their personal networks. Coupled with the night’s additional fundraising efforts at the Gala, we project over $170,000.00 will be directly donated to the Princess Margaret in 2016!

Fight Team Head Coach, Virgil Barrow, gives Co-Main Event's Natasa Jamnik-Sousa final instruction, as she heads into round 3 of her fight. Photo Credit: Eric Tavares
Fight Team Head Coach, Virgil Barrow, gives Co-Main Event’s Natasa Jamnik-Sousa final instruction, as she heads into round 3 of her fight.
Photo Credit: Eric Tavares

After five years of fundraising efforts, the Fight To End Cancer has successfully managed to raise well over $500,000.00, in direct donations, to the hospital’s foundation, since its inception. As a result of this, Fight To End Cancer is confident that it will reach its goal of raising $1,000,000 for the Princess Margaret by 2018.

Fight To End Cancer’s Executive Director & Founder, Jennifer Huggins, is beyond proud of the hard work and dedication shown by both the Fight Team and Planning Committee, in making 2016’s event an unbelievable success. In her own words:

SW_FTEC2016 FIGHT NIGHT (37 of 57)“The feeling on Saturday was surreal. I wish I could bottle the energy, passion and ultimate ‘togetherness’ that could be felt. It connected every fighter, guest, staff and volunteer in the room – over 700 people, all fighting for the same cause. We have all outdone ourselves this year, yet we feel nothing but inspired to do even more. We are unstoppable. Together, we will knockout cancer in our lifetime – Defeat Is Not An Option!”

Official FTEC Recording Artist, Tristan Gomes, who closed out the 2016 Gala with the most memorable walkout for Main Event fighter, Cory Raymond. Brought to you by Z103.5 - Fight To End Cancer Official Media Partner Photo Credit: Nicholas Theodorou
Official FTEC Recording Artist, Tristan Gomes, who closed out the 2016 Gala with the most memorable walkout for Main Event fighter, Cory Raymond. Brought to you by Z103.5 – Fight To End Cancer Official Media Partner
Photo Credit: Nicholas Theodorou

With our official 2016 goal set at $200,000, the opportunity to donate to our FTEC2016 Fight Team has not passed yet! There is still time for you to make a last-minute donation to your favourite fighter, as we will be collecting donations for 2016’s event up until the end of June.

Main Event, Craig Lauzon lands a right-cross on his opponent Cory Raymond - all in the name of knocking out cancer! Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman
Main Event, Craig Lauzon lands a right-cross on his opponent Cory Raymond – all in the name of knocking out cancer!
Photo Credit: Rebecca Freeman

Next year’s event date is currently set for Saturday May 27, 2017 and there is already strong interest from corporate executives, the community, media & celebrities to be a part of FTEC 2017! It appears as though Fight To End Cancer will be gearing up for even greater success, next year!

No one is alone in the battle against cancer and we want to spread this message worldwide. We can all take part in the Fight To End Cancer!

JOIN THE FIGHT:
Become A Charity Fighter
Become A Sponsor

The entire FTEC2016 Fight Team, centre ring, for post-Gala team celebration - a perfect finale for a successful event. Photo Credit: Nicholas Theodorou
The entire FTEC2016 Fight Team, centre ring, for post-Gala team celebration – a perfect finale for a successful event.
Photo Credit: Nicholas Theodorou

 

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Gala photos available upon request and at fighttoendcancer.com


Interview Opportunities:

Interview Opportunities are available in studio, at boxing gym location or, via phone, email, Twitter, Facebook, with:

FTEC 2016 Fight Team participants (contacts available upon request)
Jennifer Huggins (Executive Director & Founder, Fight To End Cancer)
Virgil Barrow (FTEC Fight Team Captain, Kingsway Boxing Club)
Paul Alofs (President | CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation)

About The Fight To End Cancer
The Fight To End Cancer Gala is an annual black tie fundraiser founded in 2011 by Jennifer Huggins. We have chosen to partner with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation due to their direct support within the community. Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of the local community and business owners. Let’s make a difference now in the fight to end cancer for a long and successful future for everyone. This is an event like no other and has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. http://kingswayboxingclub.com

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.thepmcf.ca

EVENT ADVISORY: 5th ANNUAL GALA | SAT. JUNE 4, 2016

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 DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION!

The 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala
Supporting The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation


 

WHAT: The 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala, benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Our Las Vegas-style, pre-show entertainment will commence after a glamorous cocktail reception and gourmet dinner. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be celebrity television personality & host of CTV’s ETALK, Ben Mulroney. The evening’s main attraction will be our 2016 fighters, who will be stepping into our boxing ring and literally fight to end cancer.

WHEN: Saturday, June 4th, 2016 | Arrival 5:00 p.m. Sharp
Reception from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Pre-Show Entertainment from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fights begin at 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: THE OLD MILL INN | 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON M8X 1G5

WHY: Ten courageous men and women have managed to raise over $100,000 to date in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and have been training in true Olympic-style boxing for the past six months, as they prepare to step into the ring for this important cause. Help them reach their 2016 goal of $200,000.00!


IMPORTANT NOTE TO THE GUESTS
Please be sure to download all necessary event materials and register your tickets to ensure entry in case of lost tickets or special dietary needs.
View Guest Materials

MORE INFO, SUPPORT OR DONATE NOW
Visit: www.fighttoendcancer.com
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Catch the FTEC2016 Fight Team and Crew this Thursday, Jun 2nd from 6:00 am Live!
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NOTE TO THE MEDIA:
This is a private event. For the full event itinerary and/or a Media Access Pass, please contact: David Kelly, PR Director at david@fighttoendcancer.com. You will find a brief rundown of the Gala timings below. Please allow time to check-in at reception if you are planning to do any live-to-air segments.

EVENT ITINERARY:

  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Reception and Red Carpet Photo Sessions
  • 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm – Dinner and Entertainment
  • 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm – Pre-show and Speeches
  • 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm – Charity Boxing Bouts and Entertainment
    • Approximate Timing:
      • 8:00 – Fight 1 through Fight 3
      • 9:30 – Live Auction – View Live Auction Items
      • 10:00 – Co-Main and Main Event Fights
      • 10:30 – 50/50 Draw and Gifts to Guests

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:

David Kelly
Public Relations Director
david@fighttoendcancer.com
www.fighttoendcancer.com

THE TODD SHAPIRO SHOW | INTRODUCING THE FTEC2016 FIGHT TEAM


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On Saturday June 4, 2016 8 men and 2 women will be stepping into the ring to literally knockout cancer in the 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer. Take a listen to the SiriusXM Radio exclusive interview with Todd Shapiro, featuring the Fight Team Coach — Virgil Barrow, Co-Main Event matchup – Sam Krystantos and Natasa Jamnik-Sousa, and Main Event Canadian Actor Craig Lauzon.


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MAKING CHAMPIONS IN THE FIGHT TO END CANCER | PRIESTLY DEMOLITION


Cory Raymond - FTEC2016 Main Event Fighter In addition to dedicating the past year of his life to stepping in the ring onJune 4, 2016, Cory is working toward an ambitious personal fundraising goal of $40,000.00
Cory Raymond – FTEC2016 Main Event Fighter
In addition to dedicating the past year of his life to stepping in the ring on June 4, 2016, Cory is working toward an ambitious personal fundraising goal of $40,000.00

We are so grateful to Priestly Demolition Inc. for their generous donation of $2500 to 2016 Fight To End Cancer Main-Event Fighter, Cory Raymond. With their support we’re even closer to our $200,000.00 2016 fight team goal!

“Ryan and the crew at Priestly Demolition are proud to sponsor Cory in raising money for a cause that has touched every one of us. It’s a hard fight for everyone involved and even though we can’t win every fight, it’s still worth fighting for. We are proud that you are doing this challenge Cory and we hope one day the fight to end cancer will win with everyone’s support.

— Ryan Priestly


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MANDY BUJOLD JOINS THE FIGHT TO END CANCER ON THE ROAD TO RIO



Mandy Bujold is one of the top athletes in the world and has dedicated her life to both the sport of boxing and her country. Her career and success in boxing has been an inspiration to the Fight To End Cancer, since its conception. Jennifer Huggins, founder of Fight To End Cancer (FTEC), has been working closely with Mandy for years, sharing the ring with her as a referee for many of her fights. In Jennifer’s own words, she shares how Mandy’s strength and dominance in the sport of boxing has inspired her:

 

51kg Women's Elite Boxing GOLD Medalist posing with Abbey after her fight in the Pan Am Games. Abbey's Mom Dawn Ramsey-Brown fought in the 2014 Fight To End Cancer.
51kg Women’s Elite Boxing GOLD Medalist posing with Abbey after her fight in the Pan Am Games. Abbey’s Mom Dawn Ramsey-Brown fought in the 2014 Fight To End Cancer.

“Mandy has been a true ambassador of the sport, inspiring our own FTEC family and friends. Her dedication and perseverance led to achieving her ultimate dream of making it to the Olympics. She has influenced athletes around the world to achieve their dreams and to step into the ring to fight for what you believe in. After Mandy attended the Fight To End Cancer Gala in 2015, our FTEC team cheered her on ringside at the PanAm Games, in Toronto, where she won Canada Gold.”

A key component to the Fight To End Cancer Gala, is the promotion of women in boxing. Through this initiative, each year’s co-Main Event features a female bout, which always proves to be the “fight of the night”. Last year, we were honoured to have Mandy attend our Gala, as a medal presenter for our co-Main Event – featuring voice actress, Erica McMaster and Paige Cunningham, from the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic games and working tirelessly to achieve her dreams, Mandy has a lot to fight for. Though she has her hands full with 4-6 hour training days, Mandy still finds the time to join us in the Fight To End Cancer.

“Cancer has affected some of the most important people in my life and it’s a disease that affects many people on a daily basis. I lost my grandfather to cancer when I was young and seeing what he went through, truly affected me. To have the opportunity to “fight” cancer through Fight to End Cancer and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is my way of fighting for those family members and friends I’ve lost to cancer.”

We are so proud to have Mandy representing Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and we are honoured to have her as an ambassador of the Fight To End Cancer.

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About Mandy Bujold

Mandy Bujold (born July 25, 1987) is a Canadian amateur boxer, whose career was launched following a successful 2006 when she claimed the Canadian National Championship and Boxer of the Year titles. Weighing in at 51 kg (112 lbs.), she has made her way as a Fly Weight Champion, with a trail of titles and victories following her. Included amongst her many achievements are: 9 Canadian National Championships, 3 Continental Championships, a Gold medal at the first Pan-American Games and a Bronze medal at the first Commonwealth Games that included women’s boxing. Most recently during the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games, Mandy successfully defended her title and became the only female boxer in history to win two Pan American Games titles.

Mandy’s dedication and discipline have made her a great competitor and ambassador for the sport. She was an ambassador for the Pan-American Games 2015 (Toronto, Canada) and now earned her ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; where she will be fighting for GOLD at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

 


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RG SPEED | FIGHTING TO END CANCER SINCE 2013



In 2013, Robert Galarneau (President of RG Speed Control Devices), was introduced to the Fight To End Cancer (FTEC). Since then, he and his team have been supporting FTEC year-over-year, not only as an Official Partner, but also helping to raise funds year round.

In their own words:

“RG Speed Control Devices is a proud supporter in the Fight To End Cancer.

Through our partnership with FTEC and community organizations, we are going to go the distance to knock out this horrific disease.

Down and Out!!

Down For the Count!!

Join us, add to the purse and weigh-in against cancer.”

SPONSOR TEAM RG

TIP TOP TAILORS SUITS UP FOR THE FIGHT TO END CANCER



TIP TOP TAILORS RETURNS FOR THEIR THIRD YEAR IN THE FIGHT TO END CANCER!


Final_FTEC2016_LOW RESEach year, Tip Top Tailors has outdone themselves by conceptualizing the most elegant looks for our official Fight To End Cancer promotional campaigns. With Vogue-quality styling, the team at Tip Top Tailors has consistently managed to visually capture the elegance of a black tie fundraiser, while simultaneously maintaining the tough and passionate nature of what our FTEC Fight Team stands for. We are proud to have this amazing company stand in our corner.  In their own words:

“This coming June 4, Tip Top Tailors will embrace a cause we are so very proud to support, for the third year in a row—the Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way—a friend, a family member, a colleague, or a neighbour may even be struggling with cancer right now.

Tip Top Tailors has a rich heritage of serving Canadians for more than 100 years, and one of our greatest strengths is our incredible team of progressive, loyal and committed people. Our associates across the country have always rallied tirelessly around our fundraising efforts, with ‘Movember’ being our most recent initiative. Our involvement helps create a brighter future for our families, our friends and our communities.

As an Event Sponsor, we look forward to many more years of triumphs and success stories in our continuing support of the Fight To End Cancer—a battle we can all win together.”

SPONSOR TEAM TIP TOP


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THE ART OF FIGHTING CANCER | LINDA BRADBEER


Canadian Actor: Craig Lauzon Craig is the 2016 Main Event in the charity boxing gala Fight To End Cancer
Canadian Actor: Craig Lauzon
Craig is the 2016 Main Event in the charity boxing gala Fight To End Cancer

The 2016 Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) is made up of 10 fighters, an army of support staff, volunteers and a family bound together with one common goal; ending cancer. In five short years, we have assembled a team of 52 fighters, thousands of staff, sponsors and guests.  With every passing day, we are reminded that our FTEC family is made up of true champions. From the fighters who dedicate a year of their lives to stepping in the ring, to the small businesses and artists, like painter Linda Bradbeer, who donates personal items to help us raise funds at our gala.

Linda, an established artist from Toronto, felt the need to do more to help her friend Craig Lauzon, who is fighting in our 2016 FTEC Charity Boxing Gala. After donating to his personal page, she felt compelled to express her support in the best way she knew how. Read her words below to learn about the love that went into the painting Life Of The Party that will be available at the 2016 Fight To End Cancer Gala.

We are all a part of the fight to end cancer and we feel so fortunate to have such a strong team to fight with us!


“My partner is comedienne Martha Chaves and we have Craig Lauzon in our comedy family.  A few weeks ago, Martha and Craig worked together on a gala show in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.  I was watching backstage with Craig’s partner Erica McMaster.  She told me that Craig was going to participate in “The Fight to End Cancer” this year so I asked if I could help too. She also told me what a powerful effect it had on her when she participated in 2015.  I made a financial donation to his page but wanted to do more.  That is when I asked if I could donate of my paintings. Erica put me in touch with Betty Ann and here I am!

Linda BradbeerI have lost family, friends, and even pets to cancer.  Almost 4 years ago, I lost my childhood best-friend Kathy to a very rare ovarian cancer.  Sadly she was diagnosed with cancer about 20 years earlier and had a very difficult journey over the next two decades.  Yet Kathy was always smiling and had an incredible sense of living life to the fullest.  She inspired everyone who met her. I was lucky in that I knew her for 45 years. To me, she was the life of the party, so I named my painting after Kathy.  I am donating “Life of the Party” – 12″x12″, acrylics.

I work in an office by day and paint at night.  I started creating abstract paintings about 8 years ago.”

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Life Of The Party
Painting by: Linda Bradbeer
Donated as a silent auction item to the 2016 FTEC Gala. Linda named the painting after her friend Kathy. To Linda, she was the life of the party, so she named my painting after Kathy.

HELPING TO MAKE CHAMPIONS IN THE FIGHT TO END CANCER | YORK MARBLE, TILE AND TERRAZZO


Cory Raymond - FTEC2016 Main Event Fighter In addition to dedicating the past year of his life to stepping in the ring onJune 4, 2016, Cory is working toward an ambitious personal fundraising goal of $40,000.00
Cory Raymond – FTEC2016 Main Event Fighter
In addition to dedicating the past year of his life to stepping in the ring on June 4, 2016, Cory is working toward an ambitious personal fundraising goal of $40,000.00

We are so grateful to York Marble, Tile and Terrazzo Inc. for their generous donation of $5000.00 to 2016 Fight To End Cancer Main-Event Fighter, Cory Raymond. With their support we’re even closer to our $200,000.00 2016 fight team goal!

“Glen and I are honoured to be part of such an amazing event. Over the years, we have seen friends and family members affected by this terrible disease. Some have beaten it, others have not. We want to make a difference for future generations!

Cory, we are truly proud of what you are doing. And Jennifer, thank you for all your hard work in organizing this spectacle to raise awareness. Together we will WIN THE FIGHT!”

— Tony Paluzzi, CPA, CA


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York Marble, Tile and Terrazzo Inc. was founded in 1949. The company has thrived for more than half a century, and today is one of Canada’s leading names in the hard surface industry. In the 1950’s, the young company laid the terrazzo floors in many of Toronto’s original subway stations.
Today, York Marble’s work can be seen in some of Ontario’s finest architectural landmarks, including The Trump Tower in Toronto, The Four Seasons Hotel, Fallsview Casino, Terminal 1 at Pearson International Airport and the Toronto Eaton Centre. Whether it’s a modern skyscraper or a kitchen counter, York Marble brings a long tradition of craftsmanship to every project we do.

Z103.5 JOINS THE FIGHT TO END CANCER | OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER


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It is with great pleasure that Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) announces Toronto Top 40 Radio Station, Z103.5, will be jumping on board to be our first-ever Media Partner!

This is an amazing partnership opportunity for FTEC that will certainly help to get us some great exposure, by spreading the word of who we are and what we do, to even more people across the GTA.

Be sure to keep your eyes (and especially ears) open for what is going to be a year-long relationship between FTEC and Z103.5.  You will want to tune in for regular on-air mentions of our upcoming Gala on Saturday June 4th, some custom advertisements, an exciting contest in the month of May (details to come at a later date) and some other surprises, yet to be announced.

We can not thank our friends over at Z103.5 enough for this incredibly generous sponsorship. We look forward to working with you, over the upcoming year!

Stay tuned in to Z103.5 to listen to all the latest and greatest hits. You can also visit their website, www.z1035.com and listen in while at work, or from the comfort of your own home.

Z103.5 is a part of the Evanov Radio Group.


A WORD FROM THE SPONSORS OF THE FIGHT TO END CANCER


TRUE HEROES IN THE FIGHT TO END CANCER


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TRUE HEROES IN THE FIGHT TO END CANCER
ANNOUNCING OUR 2016 FIGHT TEAM

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016 — TORONTO, ON – The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) is proud to announce its official 2016 Fight Team, benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. After months of training in sanctioned, Olympic-style boxing; this group of 10 white-collar men and women, with no previous boxing experience, will be stepping into our ring for the 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala on Saturday, June 4, 2016, hosted by Ben Mulroney at Toronto’s historic Old Mill Inn.

 

In addition to a regimented training schedule, three days per week, our fighters are also working hard to raise donation dollars for their team’s overall goal of $200,000. This team is made up of a group of extremely special people, including: Aboriginal Canadian Actor – Craig Lauzon of the CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce and Sam Krystantos, who will be fighting in support of Sarah Watkin’s family of Sarah’s Drive For Hope (and who’s also following in the footsteps of her father, Mitch Krystantos – FTEC 2014 fighter).

 

Another key figure on our team is Jennifer Huggins, FTEC’s Founder & Executive Director. Jennifer works hard to keep the campaign on track, as she travels the world as an AIBA International 3-Star Boxing Referee. Following a recent trip for the African Olympic Qualifiers, in Cameroon, Africa; her latest assignment will take her to Astana, Kazakhstan, for the Women’s World Championships, at the end of May. This tournament will bring together top female boxers from around the world that will be competing for placement in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Recently, Jennifer has been announced, by AIBA, as one of only eight ambassadors internationally whom will be representing women’s boxing, in Astana.

 

In combination with her network in Canada and around the world, Jennifer has been overwhelmed by the support that has been shown for the Fight To End Cancer. In her own words:

“Fighting cancer was a personal decision I made over five years ago. It touches me beyond words to have built this vision that others are willing to literally fight for. We have had over 50 fighters since our first year in 2011, along with hundreds of sponsors, countless volunteers and thousands of guests.  Through this constant support, our mission to ‘knock out cancer in our lifetime’ will become a reality.”

 

With each passing year, the Fight To End Cancer is increasingly approached by many who have been touched by cancer and want to step into our ring to fight for such an important cause. Together, we will knock out cancer. Defeat is not an option!

 

 

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Interview Opportunities:
Interview Opportunities available via phone, or email with:

  • Jennifer Huggins (Executive Director and Founder, Fight To End Cancer)
  • FTEC 2016 Fight Team members (contacts available upon request)

Campaign Photo Description:
The individuals in the campaign photo represent the 2016 fight team.

From left to right:

  • Top Row: Cory Raymond and Craig Lauzon (Main Event)
  • Middle Row: Jennifer Huggins (Executive Director/Founder), Samantha Krystantos, Andreas Wulff, Jason McGuire, Natasa Jamnik Sousa
  • Bottom Row: Virgil Barrow (Official Fight Team Coach), Kael Cruz, Vignesh Jayakrishnan, Jeff MacWilliams, Kyle Barlow

Media Inquiries:
David Kelly
Public Relations Director, Fight To End Cancer
david@fighttoendcancer.com
905-616-0113

Donations to our 2016 Fight Team can be made at: www.fighttoendcancer.com. Photos available upon request.

About The Fight To End Cancer
The Fight To End Cancer is an annual black tie fundraiser founded in 2011. We have chosen to partner with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation due to their direct support within the community. Our goal is to raise funds for cancer research year-round with the support of business leaders and the local community. Join us for the highly anticipated 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer Gala – Saturday, June 4th 2016. www.fighttoendcancer.com

About The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network raises funds for breakthrough research, exemplary teaching and compassionate care at Princess Margaret Hospital and its research arm, the Ontario Cancer Institute, which now includes The Campbell Family Cancer Research Institute and The Campbell Family Breast Cancer Research Institute. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://www.thepmcf.ca

FTEC FOUNDER JENNIFER HUGGINS ANNOUNCED AS AMBASSADOR OF AIBA


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Jennifer Huggins Named As One Of 8 International Ambassadors Of The Women’s World Championships In Kazakhstan

Jennifer Huggins, Fight To End Cancer’s Founder & Executive Director, has been announced today as one of the 8 Ambassadors of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) Women’s World Championships, which will be taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan; from May 19 – 27, 2016.

This is an extremely prestigious opportunity for Jennifer and we here at Fight To End Cancer are very proud of her for this incredible accomplishment.

In Jennifer’s own words, she describes what this opportunity means for her:

“I am grateful and overjoyed at all of the opportunities I have been presented with AIBA. I am honored to be part of the ambassadors program, to represent AIBA R&Js and to contribute to the promotion of women in boxing.”

Congratulations Jennifer! We look forward to following you on this exciting journey and seeing all of the great experiences that you are sure to have!

See below for the official press release from AIBA International Boxing Association.

KILLING CANCER | A VICE SPECIAL REPORT


Through the research that Dr. Carl June has been involved with, we are only steps away from cures to certain cancers. Proof that we are all making a difference in the Fight To End Cancer!

” My life, like most people’s, has been negatively affected by cancer, and the thought of my young children living in an age where this is no longer humanity’s No. 1 health fear was simply overpowering.”

– Shane Smith, VICE Co-Founder

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We’re all a part of the Fight To End Cancer!

 

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THE WOMEN OF FIGHT TO END CANCER

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On average, 96,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 37,000 women will die from cancer.

Every year, the Fight To End Cancer Gala features at least one female bout that proves to be the ‘Fight Of The Night’.

Join us, as we celebrate International Women’s Day by reflecting on all of the hard work that our past, and present, female fighters have put into training to step into our ring and the tens of thousands of dollars that have been raised (collectively between them), in support of cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Take a look at some of their stories…

 

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JANAYA KHAN – FTEC2012 Janaya Khan, known as “the future in the Black Lives Matter movement”, Janaya is a Black, queer, gender non-conforming activist, staunch Afro-futurist, social justice educator and boxer based in Toronto, Canada. As the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, they are committed to Black liberation, transformative justice and indigenous sovereignty and operate through a Black trans-feminist lens. She strongly believes that the focus and determination that boxing requires can be used, as a tool of empowerment.

 

KASSANDRA O'REILLY Kassandra O’Reilly is the current 48kg Provincial Champion. She trains with the Steeltown Boxing Club under head coach, Bob Wilcox. Known for her nasty left hook, Kassandra is honoured to be part of the “Fight to End Cancer”. She is dedicating her performance to the memory of her coaches son, Robbie and both of her grandparents who all lost their courageous battles with cancer.
KASSANDRA O’REILLY – FTEC2012
Kassandra O’Reilly holds the 48kg Provincial title. She trains with the Steeltown Boxing Club under head coach, Bob Wilcox. Known for her nasty left hook, Kassandra was honoured to be part of the Fight To End Cancer. She dedicated her performance to the memory of her coach’s son, Robbie, and both of her grandparents, who all lost their courageous battles with cancer.

 

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KATE HILLIER – FTEC2013
It’s hard to “throw a stone” these days and not touch someone who has been affected in some way by cancer. Personally, cancer is a reality that I have faced with my immediate family, my extended family, my friends and my community. For all who have lost, have won and continue fighting, I was happy to throw on my gloves to fight for those in need. I dedicated my fight in memory of my Tante Monique, who survived breast cancer, and to my partner in crime Marilyn. “You never know how strong you are… Until being strong is the only choice you have”

 

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SHIREEN FABING – FTEC2013
Working in the corporate world, I always feel like I have my boxing gloves on but on June 15th, 2013 I proudly “put ‘em up” to support cancer research through, what I believe, is a noble cause. Jennifer Huggins and Kingsway Boxing is proof that we can all help in the Fight To End Cancer, so I am honored to be a fighter. Like many, I’ve been robbed of loved ones and lived through the pain and suffering with victims, friends and colleagues who have experienced the same. I dedicated my three rounds to loved ones lost, survivors and those still fighting this ruthless disease.

 

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JANE WATSON – FTEC2014
One very small effort to advance the fight to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime –the Fight To End Cancer was a chance to do just that, and I am honoured to have had this opportunity. I have watched too many people I dearly love fight cancer. They have faced it head on with grace and courage. They are the true fighters. As I trained, and the challenge got tougher, those who have battled cancer – family, friends and colleagues – were in my thoughts. It is their strength, as they endure each step of their journey, that truly inspired me to push on. So, for all those I care so deeply about, who have looked cancer in the eye, those who continue to fight – you were my inspiration. The Fight To End Cancer is an amazing opportunity to contribute to finding a cure for cancer in our lifetime.

 

DAWN RAMSAY-BROWN - FTEC2014 The Fight to End Cancer means a chance to fight for all the memories that still need to be made. My daughter will never be able to look into her grandmother’s eyes and see her own, as cancer stole Judith Ramsay from us before they could ever meet. As we watch a close friend battling this disease today, I realize how hard we all must fight to protect the memories that are still to come. It is such a privilege to wake up with a healthy body every day that I wanted to put it to good use for a great cause.
DAWN RAMSAY-BROWN – FTEC2014
The Fight To End Cancer means a chance to fight for all the memories that still need to be made. My daughter will never be able to look into her grandmother’s eyes and see her own, as cancer stole Judith Ramsay from us, before they could ever meet. As we watch a close friend battling this disease today, I realize how hard we all must fight to protect the memories that are still to come. It is such a privilege to wake up with a healthy body every day that I wanted to put it to good use for a great cause.

 

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LESLIE EHM – FTEC2015
Everyone has a fight in life. Some fight to be heard, some to go unnoticed, some to shine and some just to survive. On May 30th, 2015, at 51 years of age, I got into the ring to fight. For me, it was a bucket list thing. Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve been a fighter all of my life. I always refer to it as “the good fight” – the relentless pursuit of goodness and what’s ‘right’. I try to fight that good fight every day. But for one incredible night, I got to fight not just the ‘good fight’, but a super badass one as well. Not only did I get to take on an opponent and go three rounds in a real amateur bout, (which is beyond cool), I also got to raise my fists against the evil that is cancer. Because every drop of sweat, and every punch thrown and taken was  in solidarity with those who have faced the disease and won or lost and for everyone who loved those fighters. For my Uncle Stevie, for my cousin Elli, for the grandmother I never met, for my friend Philip, for my friends (especially Dayna who is battling breast cancer today), family and a better future – this fight was for all of you.

 

GEORGIA CURTIS – FTEC2015
I am excited and proud to have participated in the Fight To End Cancer 2015! Over the years I have paddled, run, and golfed in various fundraising efforts for cancer-related causes.  I know way too many people who have fought, or are fighting cancer…my guess is that you do too. For five months, I trained and fundraised in preparation of my match on May 30th, 2015, I stepped into the ring and fought like hell for an important cause. This fight was for my pal Cindy Weeks. She battled breast cancer and was cancer-free for years. In 2008, cancer returned and since then, Cindy has lived with metastatic disease. Her brave tenacity is both heroic and inspiring – she is the toughest fighter I know. She believes that breakthroughs will come, and that cancer can be beaten.

 

PAIGE CUNNINGHAM – FTEC2015
I participated in the 4th Annual Fight To End Cancer benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. For those of you who know me, I am sure you could NOT have pictured me stepping into the ring, in front of hundreds of people, punching someone…. but I did it! I, physically and figuratively, fought for those that can’t. Working at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, I am overwhelmed with the number of stories I hear everyday about CANCER. Some are terrible and devastating and make me want to work that much harder everyday, so I don’t have to hear anything like them again. On the other hand, I hear so many success stories and stories of joy and happiness that cancer has been BEATEN. These ALSO make me want to work harder, so I can continue to hear those stories. I fought to give those fighting cancer a chance, and I fought so we can decrease the number of people that hear the words “you have cancer.” Everyone, in one way or another, has, been, or will be affected by cancer. Personally, I have lost aunts and both of my grandfathers to this terrible disease. I have many loved ones who continue to fight with cancer as we speak and some who went through the cancer journey and came out on top. Every fight is different. My grandpa died of prostate cancer in 2000. In 2005, I found out that my dad also had prostate cancer. With little knowledge of cancer as a whole – I immediately thought the worst. My dad had a prostatectomy and THANKFULLY is coming up on his 10th year, CANCER FREE. I feel so blessed and VERY lucky. My hope for the future is that enough preventative measures will be in place so that NO ONE will have to face up against cancer EVER again. The fight to end cancer is an uphill battle for everyone involved. It is a group effort and without funds raised, so researchers can work their magic, there would be no advancements made.
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ERICA MCMASTER – FTEC2015
Last spring, my other half expressed his desire to apply to be one of the fighters for FTEC 2015 – naturally I was supportive and pretty quickly decided I wanted to go down the road together.  Several months later, I had no doubt that this journey would be one of the most physically and emotionally demanding to date, but also the most rewarding. Cancer has affected most of us in some shape or form.  Personally, I lost my mother to the disease when I was just shy of my twelfth birthday; it goes without saying that her absence has had an enormous impact on my life. I miss her every day. Two of my grandparents have died from cancer and, just last year, a childhood friend at the age of 34.  Add to that the friends who have lost parents and loved ones – it’s too much. Being a fighter in this incredible event gave me the chance to make a difference and punch cancer in the face on behalf of all those we’ve lost, and those who continue to fight it every day. We are so fortunate to have the resources available to us that we do. The Princess Margaret is one of the top 5 Cancer Research Centres in the world and an international leader in the delivery of Personalized Cancer Medicine.  I have been on the receiving end of this care, as part of the High Risk Breast Clinic, where I go for annual screenings and check ups . By pledging your support to this cause, you will be helping ensure that these programs, as well as, ground breaking research, can continue.

 

SAMANTHA KRYSTANTOS To all of my friends, family and supporters… I just want to thank all of you for taking the time to read my page. For those of you who don’t know me personally, my name is Samantha Krystantos and on June 4th, 2016 I will be stepping in the ring participating in the “Fight to End Cancer”. Within the next seven months I will push my self harder than I ever have both mentally and physically. I personally have been touched by this terrible disease, as I’m sure most of you reading this have as well. I am participating in the 5th Annual Fight to End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars – with a vision of reaching the ultimate goal – To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime! The Princess Margaret is one of the top 5 Cancer Research Centres in the world and an international leader in the delivery of Personalized Cancer Medicine. My Father Mitch fought in the 2014 event, my Uncle Ryan fought last year in 2015, and here I am walking in their footsteps with the same exact goal in mind… to kick Cancers butt! My current goal is to raise $10,000 but I will not be able to get there on my own. Please help support me on my journey, you are not only helping me personally, but you are helping those who cannot fight for themselves. With your help, I hope to reach my fundraising goal and make a difference in many peoples lives. Thank you in advance for all of your support, I truly appreciate it!
SAMANTHA KRYSTANTOS – FTEC2016
To all of my friends, family and supporters…
I just want to thank all of you for taking the time to read my page. For those of you who don’t know me personally, my name is Samantha Krystantos and on June 4th, 2016 I will be stepping in the ring participating in the “Fight To End Cancer”. Within the next seven months I will push my self harder than I ever have before, both mentally and physically. I, personally have been touched by this terrible disease, as I’m sure most of you reading this have as well.
I am participating in the 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars – with a vision of reaching the ultimate goal – To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime! The Princess Margaret is one of the top 5 Cancer Research Centres in the world and an international leader in the delivery of Personalized Cancer Medicine. My Father, Mitch, fought in the 2014 event. My Uncle, Ryan, fought last year in 2015. Now, here I am walking in their footsteps with the same exact goal in mind… to kick cancer’s butt!
My current goal is to raise $10,000, but I will not be able to get there on my own. Please help support me on my journey. You are not only helping me personally, but you are helping those who cannot fight for themselves.
With your help, I hope to reach my fundraising goal and make a difference in many peoples lives.
Thank you in advance for all of your support, I truly appreciate it!

 

NATASA JAMNIK-SOUSA Dear Friends and Family I am participating in the 5th Annual Fight to End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars – with a vision of reaching the ultimate goal – To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime! Fighting to end cancer is of interest to me because I have lost too many family members to it. Most recently my aunt passed away from breast cancer, and prior to that I lost my sister just over 12 years ago. She had the same type of cancer as Terry Fox. I want to be able to do my part to make a difference and generate funds so that fewer and fewer families will have to suffer the same losses I have.
NATASA JAMNIK-SOUSA – FTEC2016
Dear Friends and Family,
I am participating in the 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer, in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. I am raising research dollars – with a vision of reaching the ultimate goal – To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!
Fighting to end cancer is of interest to me because I have lost too many family members to it. Most recently, my aunt passed away from breast cancer, and prior to that I lost my sister, just over 12 years ago. She had the same type of cancer as Terry Fox. I want to be able to do my part to make a difference and generate funds, so that fewer and fewer families will have to suffer the same losses I have.

KIMURAWEAR FIGHTS TO END CANCER

imageKimurawear will once again be sponsoring the Fight To End Cancer for the second year in a row. Providing products for over 3,000 boxing/martial arts clubs worldwide, Kimurawear has truly made their mark in the industry. The union of Fight To End Cancer and Kimurawear has been an extremely successful partnership, largely due to the fact that we both hold strong community values.

Kimurawear believes that being an athlete means to exhibit many positive qualities that can be attributed to different areas of your life. According to them, being an athlete means that you exhibit confidence, focus, strength and that you participate in a healthy, active lifestyle. Kimurawear wants to inspire you to choose positivity, strength & focus in all aspects of your life and they believe that you must push yourself to achieve personal goals.

Being an athlete has no age limit, so whether you’re 10, 20 or 85-years-old, they want to hear why you’re an athlete, and why you push yourself to be the best that you can be. Join the online conversation with Kimurawear by using the hashtag, #IamAnAthlete.

Our Fight To End Cancer Fight Team proudly sports the newest lines of Kimurawear boxing equipment, as they work hard towards their main event matches at our 5th Annual Fight To End Cancer gala, benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, on Saturday, June 4th, 2016.


Jeff Lopes | President/Founder of Kimurawear

Words From Jeff Lopes, President & Founder of Kimurawear:

Kimurawear is a proudly Canadian-owned company that is honoured to be supporting Jennifer Huggins (Fight To End Cancer Founder), and the entire Fight To End Cancer team in the journey to put an end to a disease that affects over 500 Canadians every day.  Being a brand that develops and manufactures boxing equipment for the past 10 years, when Jennifer approached us a few years back to ask us to support the Fight To End Cancer, it automatically felt like the perfect marriage for us to work with them.

Kimurawear works with a handful of charities that all have a special meaning for us. Cancer has touched many of our own family and friends. Putting an end to cancer is a topic we all strongly support. We encourage everyone to support and donate to this amazing event, as we all have one main goal…to put an end to cancer.


Whitby Magician Ready To Do Battle In Oshawa

Article From Durham Region

By Mike Ruta 
OSHAWA — Richard Forget and fellow magician Ray Anderson have known each other for around 20 years. But the former says they’ve never worked together — until now.

Forget, a Whitby resident, and Toronto’s Anderson match skills in The Battle of Magicians on Feb. 12 at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre.

“It’s a battle of wits between two competing performers,” Forget says. “It’s kind of, anything you can do I can do better.”

The evening is broken up into rounds and a winner is declared at the end.

Forget says the interesting part is that the two come from different ends of the magic spectrum: he’s a traditional musician while Anderson is one of the newer breed, a “comedy magician.”

“It’s finding ways to mesh our characters together,” Forget says of the show. “There are some parts where we perform separately and other parts where we come together.”

Becoming a magician was all Forget wanted to do when he was a kid. A shy boy growing up in a large family, he says his cousins were his friends and his first audiences. Maybe he knew magic would help him break out of his shell, or maybe he wanted the attention, he speculates. Whatever the reason, and despite some “lean years,” Forget has reached the pinnacle of his profession. He won the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ Stage Magician of the Year in 2004 and 2009 making him, by his estimation, the only person to win the title for two separate acts. In 2011, he was named Canadian Magician of the Year by the Canadian Association of Magicians.

Forget and Anderson are also competing to raise funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. It’s a cause that’s especially near and dear to his assistant, Jennifer Huggins, through her website, www.fighttoendcancer.com. A portion of the ticket proceeds goes to the charity and you can also sponsor one of the magicians on the site.

A “spectacular finish” to the magicians’ battle is promised but, as you might expect, Forget isn’t giving much away.

“It’s an illusion, I’ll put it that way,” he says.

The show is at 8 p.m. and the theatre is at 50 King St. E.

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Legendary Artist David Bowie Loses Battle Against Cancer at 69


Story via The Hollywood Reporter by Mike Barnes, Shirley Halperin, Billboard
1/10/2016 10:42pm PST


The singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during an eclectic 40-plus-year career.

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

The influential singer-songwriter and producer excelled at glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his birthday.

Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

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Landscape Plus

Helmed by Jim Mosher & the Mosher family; Landscape Plus Ltd. has been designing and installing beautiful landscape oasis’ for their clients and establishing itself as a staple in the Greater Toronto landscaping community, since its inception in 1984.

Landscape Plus Ltd. has been a proud supporter of the Fight To End Cancer since its inaugural year in 2012. With each passing year, Mr. Mosher & the entire Landscape Plus Ltd. team have continued to increase their sponsorship commitment to our cause. They make it their mission to give back to the community where they can and are particularly strong believers in Fight To End Cancer’s ultimate vision of knocking out cancer in our lifetime.

In Mr. Mosher’s own words on why community support, especially supporting Fight To End Cancer, means so much to both himself personally and to the company, as a whole:

Jim Mosher, President Landscape Plus Ltd.
Jim Mosher, President
Landscape Plus Ltd.

“Community support has been a big part of Landscape Plus Ltd. culture for the past 30 years. Giving back and stepping up for various charities and school causes has always been part of who we are. Each day I have the great pleasure of being surrounded with quality people who infuse their work with creativity, vision and passion. The atmosphere is one of dedication, support and respect. Dovetailing these qualities with a cause as noble and worthy as the Fight To End Cancer is a perfect fit.”

LANDSCAPE PLUS IS BACK IN YOUR CORNER FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR

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Jim Mosher, President | Landscape Plus Ltd.
Photo Credit: Al Quintero Photography

It’s the giving time of year, so….

One of the many decisions we have made in the closing months of 2015 in preparation for the next, is to once again step up as the lead corporate sponsor in the Fight to End Cancer Gala in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  This massive black tie event is spear headed by the ever dynamic Jennifer Huggins and involves the dedication and hard work of 10 white collar men and women who train and spar for a solid year in preparation the evenings bouts.  The journey from no previous boxing experience to 3 full rounds in an Olympic sized ring with hundreds of friends and supporters cheering you on is a long one.

To all the fighters, trainers and organizers I am proud that Landscape Plus Ltd is standing along side you in such a worthwhile cause.  To find out more please visit www.fighttoendcancer.com.

Anyone interested in attending this wonderful event can contact myself Jim Mosher (jim@landscapeplus.ca) or the one and only Jennifer Huggins (jennifer@fighttoendcancer.com).

I wish you all the very best of the holiday season.

Be Well

Jim Mosher
Landscape Plus Ltd
Toronto

RG Speed

RG Speed Control Devices is a proud supporter in the Fight To End Cancer.

Through our partnership with FTEC and community organizations, we are going to go the distance to knock out this horrific disease.

Down and Out!!

Down For the Count!! 

Join us, add to the purse and weigh-in against cancer.

Combustion

Combustion is a kick-ass creativity-fuelled training company that transforms people so they can transform their organizations.

We’re proud to be sponsors and supporters of the The Fight to End Cancer because it doesn’t just raise funds for Princess Margaret critical Cancer research, it challenges people to put their fists where their hearts are and show their solidarity with Cancer sufferers in a very real and inspiring way. Combustion President Leslie Ehm stepped into the ring for FTEC in 2015 and our entire team went through the incredible journey from training to ringside with her. We were all blown away by the passion, commitment and integrity of the fighters, trainers, and organizers and our hearts will always be with this amazing event and charity. Fists up! Together we can beat the crap out of Cancer!

Battle Of Magicians

Presenting the talents of Comedy Magician Ray Anderson and International Magician Richard Forget, The Battle Of Magicians tours Canada entertaining audiences of all ages.

We are proudly supporting the Fight To End Cancer, with a portion of every ticket helping to raise funds in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. In addition to the funds we raise through ticket sales, to make it even more interesting, each battle show between Richard Forget and Ray Anderson will showcase a friendly competition to see who can raise more funds in the Fight To End Cancer. Our goal each show is to raise $500 each.

We look forward to seeing you at The Battle Of Magicians show when it magically appears at a theatre near you!

A POET AND SHE DIDN’T KNOW IT | FOR A FUTURE THAT’S CANCER FREE


Natasa Jamnik-Sousa #FTEC2016 Fight To End Cancer Fighter Photo Credit: Al Quintero Photography
Natasa Jamnik-Sousa
#FTEC2016 Fight To End Cancer Fighter
Photo Credit: Al Quintero Photography

NATASA JAMNIK-SOUSA SUMS UP THE FIGHT TO END CANCER 2016  IN A RHYME


 

Let me drop this rhyme about FTEC,
it is an event that is legendary.

Raising money for cancer research that’s what it’s about,
now raise your voices to scream and shout:

FTEC for a future that’s cancer free,
FTEC for a future that’s cancer free.

It’s a black tie gala at the Old Milla’
I guarantee you it’s gonna be a thrilla.

With Vegas-style entertainment and a whole lot more,
this event will definitely not be a bore.

FTEC for a future that’s cancer free,
FTEC for a future that’s cancer free.


There are five bouts taking place throughout the night,
the best of the best are coming out to fight.

The first bout fighters are Kael and Vignesh,
brains and brawn it’s the ultimate mesh.

Jason and Andreas are the next ones in the ring,
we’ll see who’s the champion when the bells goes ding.

Kyle and Jeff follow them in their fight,
they both throw punches with incredible might.

The co-main event is between Sammy and yours truly,
two girls in the ring might get a bit unruly.

The main event belongs to Craig and Cory,
the titans will duke it out in all their glory.

It’s for a great cause so please donate!


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FIGHT TEAM 2016

 

THE MAGIC OF FIGHT TO END CANCER


MAGICIANS SQUARE OFF IN A BATTLE LIKE NO OTHER IN
THE BATTLE OF MAGICIANS

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Ray Anderson and the Magic of Richard Forget team up for a night of comedy, magic and illusions. High energy, laugh out loud funny, state of the art illusions and lighting make this show a night you won’t forget.


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This is an exciting new journey for the Fight To End Cancer as the fight expands outside of the confines of the boxing ring. The show in January will be the first of the national tour that Richard and Ray will be embarking on. In addition to raising funds for the charity, a portion of every ticket sold will be donated to the Fight To End Cancer. In the months leading up to and throughout their National tour, Richard and Ray will be competing to raise funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. 

Richard Forget and Jennifer Huggins filming Le Plus Cabaret Du Monde in Paris France
Richard Forget and Jennifer Huggins filming Le Plus Cabaret Du Monde in Paris France

This partnership has been a long time in the making. Fight To End Cancer’s Founder, Jennifer Huggins has travelled the world as a “Magicians Assistant” working with Richard for over a decade. In Jennifer’s words:

“Much of my inspiration for the Fight To End Cancer Boxing Gala has come from the work I have been a part of with Richard. From stage shows and tours to International television shows, I feel honoured to have had the influence of magic in my life. The partnership of The Battle Of Magicians and my cause Fight To End Cancer is a dream come true”

Our gala event is just one part of an ongoing fundraising effort by Fight To End Cancer, which will continue throughout the year and whose success will in large part, rely on community teamwork and continued media exposure. Though the Boxing Gala in June 2016 will continue to be the “Main Event” celebration of our fundraising efforts, partnering with the Battle Of The Magicians brings two new members to our #FTEC2016 Fight Team.

With these efforts, we are confident we will reach our goal of raising over $1,000,000 annually by 2018 to support this cause.

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The Battle Of Magicians Tour Benefiting The Fight To End Cancer Begins January 2016


BOM - PostcardWhat do you get when you combine two magicians of differing styles into one show? You get mix of comedy and illusion that is fuelled by showmanship and skill honed through thousands and thousands of shows performed throughout the world. You get a battle of contrasting styles in a unique and entertaining battle of skills and will. What you get is The Battle Of Magicians. Ray Anderson and Richard Forget have combined forces to create a new magic spectacular that is a battle for YOUR attention. Ray and Richard challenge each other in a lighthearted competition that pits Ray Anderson’s comedy magic against Richard’s classic style and presentation. It is an enthralling encounter that culminates in a spectacular finish.

Ray Anderson has starred in countless cross country tours across Canada and is a founder of The Battle Of Magicians. With six national tours under his belt, he has performed from New Brunswick to Vancouver Island; performed in NYC, Vegas, Chicago, Orlando, New Orleans and even Bermuda. He has performed on TV, radio. Ray has brought his unique brand of comedy, magic and skill to casino’s and corporate events across the nation. In fact he has performed in over 3,000 shows in his 25 years of being an entertainer.

Richard Forget is simply one of the most awarded magicians in magic. He has performed across the globe before millions of people on television and on stage. Richard is renowned for being a creator and innovator of new magic! He is the only two time stage champion of stage given by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and has been awarded Canadian Magician Of the Year. In France he was awarded the Mandrake D’or on national television which is considered the Oscars of magic. He has brought his particular brand of magic to China, Thailand, Malaysia, England, USA, Algeria, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Denmark and Sweden just name a few places.

Saturday January 30, 2016 will be a spectacular night that combines world class magic and comedy plus giving back to the community. How could you miss the battle?


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BRINGING A LITTLE COMIC RELIEF TO THE FIGHT TO END CANCER


craig-lauzon-boxingEvery year the Fight To End Cancer features a new team of extraordinary people.  From lawyers and CEO’s to now established Canadian Actor Craig Lauzon. Part of this amazing journey includes taking a deeper look into our fighters lives and learning their inspiration for joining the Fight To End Cancer.

Please take a moment to read and listen to Craig’s amazing story.


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Air Farce’s Craig Lauzon often the only indigenous comic in the room

Unreserved
with Rosanna Deerchild

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Craig Lauzon may be best-known for his impressions of political leaders, including former Toronto mayor Rob Ford and a hilarious but disturbingly accurate version of Stephen Harper in a send-up of Gangnam Style.

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Air Farce member Craig Lauzon as Stephen Harper. ((CBC))

This Dec. 31, he’ll play Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Lauzon is an Ojibway actor and comedian living in Toronto. He has been a regular on the popular CBC-TV comedy show Air Farce since 2004, and has appeared on several of their New Year’s Eve specials.

“I know that with a lot of my friends, the more they tease you, the more they love you.” – Craig Lauzon describes First Nations humour

“I love to make fun. It all depends on how you do it and the tone,” he said. “The person you are usually doing it to knows if you’re having fun or not.”

Fight to push boundaries

Although Lauzon brings that sense of humour and wit to his personal projects, he has yet to make that crossover to the Air Farce specials, where he is the only indigenous person on the show.

“We are a satire show. It’s sketch comedy; it’s political. There’s not really a group in this country outside of politicians that are more political than we are,” said Lauzon, referring to the indigenous community.

He thinks shows such as Air Farce should have more fun with the indigenous point of view on current affairs.

“I think a lot of it [the resistance] is fear of backlash,” Lauzon said. He cited the NFL’s Washington football team name as one example that is ripe for satire.

“I feel like there is always a way to poke fun of and make light of a situation if you handle it the right way. I think that is what our job is supposed to be on this kind of a show.”

Lauzon referenced John Oliver, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as other performers who take serious topics and shed light on them through the use of humour and satire.

Fight To End Cancer

But Lauzon also has a serious side, he is currently training for a boxing match in June, as part of the Fight to End Cancer, which raises funds for cancer research.

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August Schellenberg inspired Craig Lauzon.

Lauzon was overcome with emotion when he spoke about his motivation for getting involved.

“In 2012, I got to work with one of my heroes, August Schellenberg,” Lauzon said, his voice shaking.

At 75, Schellenberg, who appeared in Grey’s AnatomyDreamkeeper and Free Willy, had finally realized his lifelong dream of bringing an all-star indigenous cast to perform Shakespeare’s King Lear at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Lauzon said Schellenberg, a Golden Gloves boxer in his youth, was still going to the gym every day while they performed King Lear.

I heard about this boxing event and wanted to do it in his name.
– Craig Lauzon

?Schellenberg had already battled a bout of cancer and performed the two-hour play, in which he faced some very physical demands, with just one lung.

Schellenberg died the following year after a recurrence of lung cancer.

Lauzon’s has turned down work in order to take part in the Fight to End Cancer — and turning down work is no easy task for a Canadian actor. Neither will it be easy to climb into that ring on June 4 in Toronto.

“It’s going to be for Auggie,” Lauzon said quietly.


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WEARING HEADGEAR AS HER CROWN | PAIGE CUNNINGHAM


PAIGE CUNNINGHAM RECIEVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD


It takes a special kind of person to become a Fight To End Cancer fighter. In four years of operation, we have had over 40 brave men and women step into the ring to literally fight cancer.  Each fighter has become true family in our quest to raise funds for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, with the ultimate goal – Ending Cancer In Our Lifetime. This mission held especially true for 2015 FTEC Fighter, Paige Cunningham.

Paige Cunningham with her David P. Harris Award presented by
Paige Cunningham presented with award by Melanie Harris (Wife of the late David P. Harris)

After the record breaking Fight To End Cancer Gala in May 2015, Paige went on to receive The David P. Harris Courage Award. This award recognizes a staff member of The PMCF, who demonstrates unwavering passion, excellence, dedication and courage in furthering the Foundation’s purpose of raising and stewarding funds for cancer research.

Congratulations Paige! We wanted to share with you the recommendation letter that was submitted on Paige’s behalf by Jennifer Huggins, Executive Director and Founder of the Fight To End Cancer.


 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing this letter to assist in the nomination process of Paige Cunningham for the David P. Harris Courage Award. My name is Jennifer Huggins, Founder and Executive Director of the Fight To End Cancer. I was honoured to have spent the past year with Paige as a fight team member of our annual Fight To End Cancer Charity Gala in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. When Paige came forward after attending the event in 2014, she told me that she was willing to do whatever it takes to step into the ring and fight in 2015’s event.

Though many apply for this position (over 50 applications came in for 2015 alone), most do not meet the strict criteria needed to participate in a fully sanctioned, Olympic-style competitive boxing event. To become a fighter is an incredible feat in itself; however, the fact that Paige would be representing the PMCF in her fight meant an extraordinary added pressure that was unique from what any of the other fighters would ever have to overcome. Not one to back down from a challenge, Paige was determined to fight inside of the FTEC ring. She managed to garner the support of the whole team at the PMCF and from the local community, as her story began to spread.

Paige Cunningham (Photo Credit Al Quintero Photography)
Paige Cunningham (Photo Credit Al Quintero Photography)

As the year progressed, I was given the opportunity to learn Paige’s incredible story of bravery and personal struggles of cancer affecting those she loved. By finding it within herself to share her journey with the world through a personal blog that she updated weekly, she taught many how to take back the power that cancer can strip from individuals and their loved ones. Everything that Paige committed to, she not only followed through on – she inspired others.

Training for a fight requires commitment, hard work, and an unprecedented amount of courage. After singlehandedly raising nearly $9,000.00 in funds for PMCF, Paige stepped into the ring on May 30, 2015 and fought her heart out in front of over 700 spectators – more than 40 of which, included friends and family members. When the final bell rang and Paige’s hand was raised as the winner, the room was deafening with support. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of being bestowed the prestigious David P. Harris Courage Award, than Paige Cunningham.

 Yours in the Fight To End Cancer,

 Jennifer Huggins | Founder, Executive Director
jennifer@fighttoendcancer.com
416-234-0075

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JOB POSTING | MARKETING SPECIALIST


ftec_logo-vectorThe Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) hosts an annual black tie charity gala that was founded in 2011. Our prestigious event raises funds for cancer research with proceeds going directly to support the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s Urgent Cancer Priorities Fund.

Our gala event is just one part of an ongoing fundraising effort by Fight To End Cancer, which will continue throughout the year and whose success will in large part, rely on community teamwork and continued media exposure. With these efforts, we are confident we will reach our goal of raising over $1,000,000 annually by 2017 to support this cause.

In order to maintain and build upon our to-date success and growth, FTEC has an immediate opportunity on our planning committee for the following position:


POSITION | MARKETING SPECIALIST

Position Type: Part-time Volunteer position


Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Develops and executes a three-year marketing strategy for FTEC, with a focus on promotion and business development including enhancing brand awareness and donor conversions
  • Collaborates with the Public Relations Director to develop all marketing materials
  • Collaborates with the Executive Director to target and secure new sponsors, to recruit key partner organizations and to engage existing sponsor relationships (Compensation may be available for new sponsorship sales)
  • Collaborates with the Social Media team to develop content to be shared within FTEC’s networks and ensure that the social media and marketing schedules are aligned
  • Leads a full branding exercise for FTEC & measurement of brand awareness

Qualifications (include but are not limited to):

  • Degree or diploma in Marketing, Communications or relevant discipline required
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressive experience, preferably in the not-for-profit sector, with a demonstrated track record of marketing successes
  • Demonstrated experience in developing marketing strategies with not-for-profit organizations, preferably in collaboration with for-profit firms
  • Excellent written, verbal, listening and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational, planning and time/project management skills
  • Strong computer skills with high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)

Please send your resume to: info@fighttoendcancer.com

Thank you for your interest in joining Fight To End Cancer’s Planning Committee. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Fight To End Cancer is an equal opportunity organization.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A FIGHTER | ERICA MCMASTER

When Erica McMaster realized she wouldn’t be able to attend this weekends FTEC2016 Orientation, she wrote this to share with the hopeful fighters trying out . Trust us when we tell you, both her and her opponent Paige Cunningham are perfect people to talk to if you are thinking of stepping into the ring to Fight To End Cancer!


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Words From FTEC2015 Fighter | Erica McMaster

When I signed up for FTEC 2015, nothing could have prepared me for the intensity of what it would involve, and just how much it would impact my life. I’ve competed in several sports, but NOTHING, I repeat nothing, comes close to the grueling workouts dished out at Kingsway Boxing, the psychological turmoil of learning the science of boxing, and the mental anguish experienced week after week – I cried, A LOT.

Erica and her significant other and FTEC2016 hopeful, Craig Lauzon Photo By: Al Quintero
Erica and her “Partner in Crime” and FTEC2016 hopeful, Craig Lauzon
Photo By: Al Quintero

 

I also had some of the highest moments of my life to date. The new family I inherited and the friendships that were made are irreplaceable. Jennifer Huggins and Virgil Barrow, along with the incredible coaching crew, changed my life. With them you are in good hands – (and ones that will also deliver the beating of your life). I would do it again without hesitation if I had to, though I’m not gonna lie, I’m glad I get to sit by and watch my partner in crime go through it as I guiltlessly drink a beer (or three) from the sidelines.

If you want a challenge, and to prove that pretty much anything is possible when you set your mind and heart to it, then this event is for you.

I wish I could’ve been here today! But luckily for you, the gym floor is that much drier without me;)


FTEC-EMcMaster229x300Read Erica’s experience from start to finish in the blog she updated weekly in the lead up to Fight To End Cancer 2015

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