The Momentum Continues With Mariela Burkett's Survivor Bootcamp

November 29, 2017
Filed Under: Event News, Top Stories

Mariela Burkett is held high as she is honoured by her supporters after hosting the most successful Survivor Bootcamp earlier this year!

Mariela Burkett is held high as she is honoured by her supporters after hosting the most successful Survivor Bootcamp on November 25!


The Momentum Continues With Mariela Burkett’s Survivor Bootcamp

We’re All Touched By Cancer! Thanks To Mariela Burkett, We’re Kicking Cancer’s Butt!


This weekend was a busy one for Fight To End Cancer, with the Friday Night Fights ‘To End Cancer’, followed the next morning with Mariela Burkett’s biannual Survivor Bootcamp. Saturday may have been cold, but things certainly heated up in the Northstar Montessori School in Mississauga! For the past year, Mariela Burkett has been raising funds for Fight To End Cancer with her Buck-A-Burpee Campaign.  This weekend, she took it to the next level with her Survivor Bootcamp, with all funds benefitting the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Mariela invites everyone to take part in her bi-annual Survivor Bootcamp.

Mariela invites everyone to take part in her bi-annual Survivor Bootcamp.

The bootcamp saw participants of every age, all eager to get their sweat on! Mariela’s message to everyone who showed up ‘Be There’! She spoke about being there for EVERYONE who is going through a rough time, no matter what!

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One participant displays their tattoo while doing pushups “Defeat Is Not An Option”


The day started off with a warm up of jumping jacks, shadow boxing, and high knees! The music was pumping, everyone was smiling and having fun. Mariela switched things up by having people in groups while running different stations. Burpees, Planks, Push-Ups and much more — Mariela pushed the near hundred participants to their limit, reminding everyone that “Defeat Is NOT An Option!”

We want to thank everyone who came out to participate in the Survivor Bootcamp and sponsored the auctions/raffles and Buck-A-Burpee Campaign. Also, we would like to give a huge shout-out to Mariela Burkett for all of her continuous hard work — We can’t wait for the next one!


SPONSOR Mariela Burkett

See her match your donation with burpees on her Instagram.

As an ambassador for Fight To End Cancer, Mariela continues to inspire those around her, to have compassion for one another and to continue growing and learning by being a better version of themselves every day.  For Mariela Burkett and all those inspired by her that …

DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION!


Mariela Burkett is supported by her Survivor Bootcamp as she campaigns in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Mariela Burkett is supported by her Survivor Bootcamp as she campaigns in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation


About Mariela Burkett

Mo-men-tumstrength or force gained by motion or by a series of events.

Mariela Burkett’s life has been all about momentum, since being declared cancer-free nearly three years ago.  Mariela took her commitment to fitness, personal training, and inspiring others to a whole new, epic level, from the moment she reached remission.  The result is her now famous Survivor Bootcamp.  Part fitness class, part revival and part family reunion, the Survivor Bootcamp is quintessential Mariela:  fierce, passionate, challenging and uplifting.  The Bootcamp is something that must be experienced to be truly understood and appreciated.  This semi-annual event was Mariela’s first campaign to support others fighting cancer, with all proceeds going directly to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow | Acacia is one of our youngest, and smallest participants looking forward to the next Survivor Bootcamp on Nov. 25

Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow | Acacia is one of our youngest, and smallest participants looking forward to the next Survivor Bootcamp on Nov. 25

Mariela introduced the Buck-A-Burpee campaign building on her Bootcamp momentum and became an Ambassador for the Fight To End Cancer last year.  Leveraging her near obsession with handing out burpees to her students as rewards, the Buck-A-Burpee campaign gives everyone the chance to return the favour of handing out burpees to Mariela, wherever and whenever they may find her.  Needless to say, in the past year she has done burpees in some unusual places, and along the way has raised over $10,000 for the Fight To End Cancer.  Mariela’s momentum just keeps building as an FTEC Ambassador.  She continues to expand her support for cancer research through her introduction of Gear by MarielaFit.  Mariela donates a percentage of every sale to the cause, and this latest campaign has already raised another $500 in the Fight To End Cancer.

Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow | Participants of the Survivor Bootcamp await instructions for their next drill. 10% of all sales from Mariela's Gear is donated to her fundraising campaign in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Photo Credit: Virgil Barrow | Participants of the Survivor Bootcamp await instructions for their next drill.  10% of all sales from Gear by MarielaFit is donated to her fundraising campaign in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation


Words From Mariela Burkett

This past year has been one of growth.  Growth in focus and emotional growth.

Last year I became an FTEC Ambassador and with that, unbeknownst to me at the time, meant growth as a person.  Because of this familial integration, I found that my focus in my fight to end cancer became clearer.  I had always known that with my personal survivor story, I needed to speak and share with whoever would listen, in hopes that I could spread awareness of the mental struggle associated with a cancer diagnoses and help one person.
This newfound family that took me in as a member, provided me a larger platform to spread my story, to reach more individuals, while at the same time donating my time with my Survivor Bootcamp and money raised to their campaign.

I found purpose and became focused and wanted more.

How else can I help other than my bootcamp?  What better way than having anyone I have every coached get back at me with Burpees.  For every dollar donated towards my fight to end cancer, I give them 1 burpee.  This began the BuckABurpee Campaign.

I have also moved ahead with my Gear By MarielaFit and partnered up with some great organizations and together we donate a percentage of sales towards the fight as well.

I have become more focused!

Emotionally, I have another family.  A family that relates and understands with no judgements.  A family that I very much needed during diagnoses and surgery.  I have experienced what it feels like to be surrounded with a group of passionate individuals that have one common goal:  Fighting to End Cancer!

Together, we are FTEC!
I am FTEC!

Much love xo


SPONSOR Mariela Burkett

See her match your donation with burpees on her Instagram.

As an ambassador for Fight To End Cancer, Mariela continues to inspire those around her, to have compassion for one another and to continue growing and learning by being a better version of themselves every day.  For Mariela Burkett and all those inspired by her that …

DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION!


Mariela has put so much heart and dedication into the Fight To End Cancer, we can’t thank her enough!  We are always looking for more people ready to take on the fight and if you’re interested please Contact Us or Join The Fight!

Together we can end cancer once and for all!!

Fight For Adrian

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