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FTEC2018 Feature Fighter: Rick Dhillon

By January 25, 2018January 6th, 2022No Comments




The 2018 Fight Team is poised to make FTEC history.  Their collective goal is to break the $1 million dollar mark in total contributions raised by FTEC in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  Each one of this year’s fighters comes with uniquely personal motivation, but they all share one common goal:  to end cancer in our lifetime. Use the link below to get to know the individual team members better and support them in their Fight To End Cancer!
Defeat Is NOT An Option


Help the #FTEC2018 Fight Team reach their goal of $1 million dollars before Fight Night!

Rick Dhillon is done with standing by and watching the havoc that cancer can bring.  He witnessed his brother lose his speech, mobility and functioning as the result of a brain tumour, in 2010.  Rick remembers feeling “utterly helpless” as he watched his bother’s suffering, and passing.  All he wanted to do then was find a way to help – and now he has found it.  Powerless no more, Rick is jumping into the ring as a 2018 FTEC fighter, to personally punch cancer in the face.

“I remember being in elementary school and my older brother called out to me and said, “Hey, you have to come watch this guy”.  The “guy” he was referring to was ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.  I watched that fight and was hooked. My brother and I must have watched hundreds of fights together after that.  It was one of our favorite pastimes, that and playing Fight Night on Xbox….yes he introduced me to video games and all the other cool things life had to offer.

My older brother, is the best definition of a loving sibling that anyone could have.  Anyone with an older sibling knows that there are no words that can describe the relationship that starts straight out the womb.  I mean having a best friend, confidant, role model and personal body guard starting at age zero is pretty damn remarkable.

In 2010, his and my entire families life changed forever, as this would be the year he was diagnosed with brain cancer.  This would be the start of the worst year of my life.  I watched him lose his speech, lose functionality of his leg, his arm, and eventually his breath.  He spent the majority of his time in a wheel chair and a hospital bed during the last few months, not to mention, two surgeries where his scalp was cut open to operate on his brain.  I remember the feeling of utter helplessness as I watched him through all of this.  He eventually passed away on November 1st, 2011.  Brothers stick together and always have each other’s back, but during that battle I was powerless, all I could do was watch him get his ass kicked.  The nights were long and the anxiety was strong, the cancer was fierce and wanted him bad.

Now I want to fight back!  I want to fight for him and his legacy.  I want to fight for the fact that we loved to watch fights and sometimes loved to get in fights.  He taught me how to throw my first punch and also gave me my first bloody nose (I smile as I write that).  Truth be told, I have never been in a boxing match before, and I am a little nervous.  I have dedicated a good part of the year to train, sacrifice time with loved ones and add to my hectic life and of course, be punched in the face.  I am doing this because Cancer SUCKS and we all know it.  I am not asking you to put on gloves but I am urging you to dig into your pockets and help me fund the fight. The fight to end cancer.”

~ Rick Dhillon | FTEC2018 Fighter


Rick, his wife Sonya and his two beautiful sons continue to fight for his brother who he lost to cancer in 2010.


Founded in 2011, the Fight To End Cancer has donated over $750,000.00, in support of cancer research, with proceeds going directly to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
The year-long fundraising efforts of the Fight To End Cancer are celebrated each year in an event like no other.  Featuring a new group of white-collar men and women, with no prior boxing experience, Fight To End Cancer’s annual black tie gala concludes months of their intense training, in a sanctioned Olympic-style boxing event.
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.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Huggins
Executive Director
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Important Dates:
–> Official Media Day: Thurs. May 24, 2018 6pm – 8pm | Lavelle Rooftop Lounge Request Media Access
–> 2018 Charity Boxing Gala: Sat. June 2, 2017 5pm – 11 pm | Old Mill Toronto Request Media Access