Fighting the Good Fight
The Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) has directly donated over 1.5 million dollars to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. We are now a year-round initiative carried out by ambassadors, sponsors, and volunteers worldwide. Behind the scenes, there is a small but mighty group putting in the work to make this all happen. We want to shine a light on their FTEC journey.
The sweat, determination, and hard work of these people make the Fight To End Cancer Possible. Swipe through to get to know the fighters.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNDER
Jennifer’s business and personal motto is that “Variety is the Spice of Life!” She certainly puts those words into action. In addition to being the founder and executive director of the Fight To End Cancer, Jennifer owns and operates Kingsway Boxing Club in Toronto. She is an Olympic Level Boxing Referee with AIBA International Boxing Association. She is heavily involved in the community but still finds the time to travel the world performing with a World Class Magician.
PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Erica stepped into the ring in 2013 and has remained a part of the FTEC team ever since. With a background in communications, radio and TV arts, and a career as a professional voice actor, she is the perfect person to raise awareness for FTEC. Drawing on her skill set, including her experience as a fighter, she does an incredible job promoting our event, including press releases, acting as a liaison for the fighters, and seeking out opportunities for increased publicity.
DIRECTOR, FIGHT TEAM COORDINATOR
Meet Virgil Barrow, Head Coach of Fight To End Cancer and Toronto’s Kingsway Boxing Club. Not only does he devote his time to ten Charity Boxers each year, but he is busy year-round developing and running programs at the gym… not to mention being absolutely awesome. If you are interested in joining the Fight To End Cancer Fight Team, you will be spending the better part of your year with Virgil. He’ll ensure that you are 100 percent ready for your battle inside the ring!
Since day one, Diane has been a part of the FTEC family. She is a legal and business development professional with 15+ years of experience in legal drafting and negotiation, contracts, business development, and strategic planning. When she is not lending her expertise to us, she focuses on complex international business transactions related to the sale, finance, lease and operation of aircraft.
Robert is our Production Director and a proud Fight To End Cancer Alumni. With an extensive background in live theatre direction and production, Robert works alongside the event committee in the planning and coordination of the gala, ensuring that things run smoothly on the day of the event. Robert is so passionate that he starts working on the next event as soon as the current one wraps up.
Julie Van Duzen
Julie joined us in 2013, bringing almost two decades of stage management experience to our team. She got involved with FTEC to feel like she was actively doing something to help her husband as he was going through his cancer battle. If you have attended an FTEC gala, you have seen her work in the event’s cueing, lighting, and overall execution. Her hard work and passion take our event to the next level!
OFFICIAL RING ANNOUNCER
A skilled and enthusiastic ring announcer takes a great event and makes it spectacular. We are incredibly proud to have the talented Barry Pletch on our team as the Official Ring Announcer. Every year Barry brings his A-game, and his enthusiasm and passion for what he does shines through, helping to make Fight To End Cancer the one-of-a-kind event that it is.
PINKbear Social Media
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATION
PINKbear has been fundamental in helping us grow our social following. They helped us solidify our social identity, representing our brand in creative ways to support our mission. They have helped build and connect our digital community to raise awareness and grow the event. Their dedication was instrumental in helping us achieve over two million social media impressions!
Interested inJoining the Fight?
We are always looking for more people ready to join us and fight to end cancer. If you’re interested, we’re always looking for volunteers. Contact us to get started. Together we can end cancer once and for all!