Leading up to Fight Night we will be featuring one of the incredible men and women who have joined the Fight to End Cancer in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Meet our #FeatureFighter, Leslie Ehm
Leslie Ehm is the President & Chief Fire Starter at Combustion. Leslie had been training at Kingsway Boxing for a few years and had fallen in love with the sport. When she saw the #FTEC2014 team training, bonding and generally kicking ass, she knew she wanted in.
“Last year I watched with great envy how the FTEC team trained and bonded and how they were all so connected and committed to raising awareness and funds for PMCH. And then to see it all come together on fight night!! Wow – I knew then that I would do anything it took to be a part of what Jenn Huggins had created with the Fight to End Cancer.”
In the weeks leading up to the Fight to End Cancer 2015 Gala, Leslie has raised over 17 THOUSAND dollars towards her 20k goal. “Today, I’m the oldest and smallest fighter on the team, I’ve raised a ton of money so far and its all been a dream come true.
I turned 51 yesterday and my 13 year old daughter Lotus, who has also recently starting boxing, wrote this in my card; ‘It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s about how many people you’re helping and inspiring. And that’s true victory.’ No truer words could have been said about what this experience is all about. And my family have been so patient and supportive throughout.”
When we asked Leslie how training was going she admitted it has been a challenge:
“Despite the fact that I consider myself to be pretty fearless, the training has been way tougher than I anticipated. The physical part is only a fraction of the challenge. Its the mental game that really requires the most energy! I’ve learned so much about myself in this process and pushed my way through and past so many real and imagined obstacles. Truly mind-blowing!!!”
On May 30th Leslie will get in the ring with Georgia and go 3 rounds in an effort to raise funds, and just as importantly, awareness for cancer research and The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
“I am so freakin’ excited about fight night. I can’t wait to see how all of this training and thinking will finally come into action and I can’t wait to see how my skills have prepared me. Its also such a celebration of everyone involved in FTEC and an amazing tribute to the real fighters – Cancer sufferers, survivors and supporters. Cannot WAIT to get into that ring and do my thing.
I’m proof that ANYONE with the desire and commitment can do it. So get your gloves on people and join the good fight!”
Help Leslie reach her goal of raising $20,000 before May 30th here!
Photo Credit: Evelyn Hannon / J Moshenberg