Christina Vatsis

October 1, 2017
Filed Under: Bout 1, Fighters

I am honored to announce that I have been chosen to be one of the ten fighters on The Fight To End Cancer 2018 team, in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. For the next six months I will be trained by professional boxing coaches who will push me to my limits both physically and mentally, so I will be ready to “Kick Cancer in the Butt” when I enter the boxing ring on June 2nd.

Unfortunately, like most people, I have been affected by this disease personally. I have lost many loved ones including dear friends and family members and that is why this fundraising event is so important to me.

On November 28th, 2009 I lost my dad to colon cancer. He was very brave in his fight but eventually he lost his battle after 3 years. Our family was told that if the diagnosis had come earlier, his chance of survival would have been good. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and it was too late by the time he was diagnosed. I could have never imagined the pain I was about to go through, watching cancer slowly steal his life while I sat by helpless, knowing there was nothing I could do to stop it. Midway through his battle, my Aunt Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured many intensive treatments including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Thankfully, eight years later, she is still with us and is healthy and cancer free. Her ending, like many others was different than my Dads and for that reason I truly do believe in research. My hope is that one day with the continued research, treatment options, and funding, we will soon be able to eradicate this terrible disease once and for all.

With your help and support I hope to reach my fundraising goal of $20 000.00 with all proceeds going directly to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, which is one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

Thank you so much for your support!

Christina